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Why Eamonn Holmes wants us to get off the sofa and go for a walk

By Amanda Poole

TV couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford hope to encourage people to get up off their sofas and sun-loungers and take part in one of 12 10k walks for Marie Curie.

The ‘Walk Ten’ initiative kicks off at Stormont Estate on September 3 providing an opportunity to raise vital funds for nursing care for terminally ill patients in Northern Ireland.

At 10pm walkers will gather to mark the start of the next Marie Curie Nursing shift.

Eamonn and Ruth took time out from their busy schedules to meet Marie Curie nurses, including Nurse Sandra Fulton from Northern Ireland.

“Marie Curie Nurses are amazing. They often work through the night providing expert care and support to people with cancer and other terminal illnesses — completely free of charge,” Eamonn said.

“And by taking part in the Stormont Estate Walk Ten you can really do your bit to help care for even more people in Northern Ireland.

“I think it’s incredibly poignant that whilst you finish your walk at 10pm, and tuck into a picnic or enjoy the entertainment, another Marie Curie Nurse like Sandra will be arriving at the home of a patient, thanks to people like you.”

Sandra said: “It was great to meet Eamonn and Ruth, they were both so supportive of Marie Curie... and of course getting to visit the studio and sit on ‘the sofa’ was a real experience.”

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