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Chemotherapy unit nurses (left to right) Rosie Livingston, Pauline Wallace, Joanne Thomson and Pam Hauxwell who are taking part in the run.

Chemotherapy unit nurses (left to right) Rosie Livingston, Pauline Wallace, Joanne Thomson and Pam Hauxwell who are taking part in the run.

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THESE fundraising nurses are just days away from tackling their latest challenge.

Hospital nurses Rosie Livingston, Joanne Thomson, Pamela Hauxwell and Pauline Wallace are part of a team of seven that work in the chemotherapy day unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Four of them are now taking part in this weekend’s Bupa Great North Run to raise money to help research what drugs are available to MS sufferers.

The team has won the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards for three years running and the women regularly raises funds for various cancer-related good causes.

They have taken the team title for three years running after judges marvelled at the scores of heartfelt nominations they received year on year.

But the unassuming nurses have always maintained they are simply “doing a job they love”.

In collecting their third award at a black-tie dinner at Hardwick Hall Hotel in June the team received a standing ovation in recognition of the work they do.

They had received 20 nominations from grateful patients and their relatives who referred to them as ‘angels’.

Now they will be winging their way from Hartlepool to Tyneside in time for Sunday’s big race, which will be started by some of the gold medal winning heroes from Team GB.

Joanne said: “We’re all up for it and really looking forward to it.

“It would be brilliant if people could support us as it is vital that anyone suffering from MS gets the best help possible.

“There’s a lack of knowledge about treatments available for MS and lack of research and trials and it is important that we raise awareness about these issues.

”We hope people will back our efforts to help fund research into treating MS.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor the nurses can visit http://beatms.mssociety.org.uk/netcommunity/thomsonsrun or contact paul.watson@northeast-press.co.uk