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A group of friends have raised more than £3,200 for St Francis after completing a Survival of the Fittest challenge.

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The five men competed in the Men’s Health challenge and were supported by shoppers at the Upminster branch of Waitrose.

Karl Boom and Andrew Mills, from Hornchurch; Bruce White and Stuart Fisher from Cranham; and David Woodcock, from Brentwood, were adopted as the store’s Community Matters charities of the month.

Last week Karl and Bruce visited the hospice to see the work it does in caring for local people and their families affected by a life-limiting illness. Amy Blumson, a nurse with the Hospice at Home service, showed them the day therapy and inpatient units. At the end of the visit Karl and Bruce presented Amy with a cheque for £1,860 raised by shoppers at Waitrose in Upminster to be added to the £1,360 they had already raised in pledges and donations on their own Just Giving website page.

Karl said: “It was a challenging event but we all come out injury free. It was a real case of team work to get everyone up and over the 8 ft wall at the end!”

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