Doctor’s big dose of exercise for charity

Dr Matt Kurian.
Dr Matt Kurian.

EXERCISE may be good for you, but Morpeth doctor Matt Kurian has taken his advice to the extreme.

On Saturday, patients at his Greystoke Surgery in Morpeth NHS Centre saw the GP complete his own version of a triathlon.

Firstly, he ran five miles to the surgery from Ulgham, before covering 20 miles on an exercise bike and finishing with ten miles on a rowing machine.

The gruelling challenge was to raise funds for much-needed medical supplies in Sri Lanka, which the healthcare worker will distribute personally when he visits the country with the Tyneside Vineyard Church next month to carry out community work.

He said: “I will be working with children who were affected by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 to provide medical care for them.

“I would hope to raise £2,000 from the triathlon, but it is more a case of every £1 I get will be money to vaccinate a child, or for £10 I could probably supply asthma medication for a year. I need to raise as much as possible.”

Dr Kurian previously raised funds for a similar initiative in India with a 20-mile sponsored row, but this time he decided to go the extra mile, or 15.

“It went really well. I was quite comfortable and I wasn’t sore afterwards,” he said.

“I had six months of quite hard training and in the last four to six weeks, it was 16 hours of training a week, which was a bit of a nightmare to fit in, but it paid off in the end.

“The patients were just fantastic. They were cheering me on and it was absolutely incredible.”

To add to Dr Kurian’s total, visit www.justgiving.com/matthew-kurian