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Junior doctors to run half marathon for Pluto

17 September 2012

Three of the young doctors who featured in the BBC documentary series Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands filmed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital are taking on a new challenge - running The Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of The Pluto Appeal on 7 October.

Three of the young doctors who featured in the BBC documentary series Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands filmed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital are taking on a new challenge—running The Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of The Pluto Appeal on 7 October.

Ben Allin, Lucy Hollingworth and Andy Steval have teamed up again to raise money for the Appeal to bring a da Vinci robotic surgical system to the new Chelsea Children’s Hospital at Chelsea and Westminster.

Ben says: “I am starting my training to become a paediatric surgeon and fully appreciate the many advantages that a robot-assisted system would give to the surgeon and patient.

“The system gives the surgeon precision beyond that capable of traditional operating methods and so the patient benefits from smaller scars, quicker recovery and ultimately going home sooner. We’re all thrilled to be doing our bit to support Pluto.”

If you’d like to sponsor them there is a team page www.justgiving.com/benallin.

Pluto will be the first robotic surgical system available for children and babies in London and the South of England if the Appeal raises £1.5million to purchase this state-of-the-art equipment.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is run through four of central London’s Royal Parks. Around 12,500 runners take part every year.