ALRESFORD Surgery senior partner, Dr Ann Lowman, took a few minutes out from her busy schedule to meet Alresford Rotary President Jonathan Read and thank it for its donation to the Eddie Pay Medical Fund.

The money represented some of the proceeds from this year's Virtual Alresford 10k. With the regular mass road race postponed because of coronavirus, Rotary set up a virtual race for local runners, inviting them to run the traditional 10k route and submit their timings. The event raised over £1,000 and Rotary £750 of this to the Eddie Pay Medical Fund.

Eddie Pay was a local builder who lived in Ashburton Road. In the 1980s he developed cancer and needed regular morphine injections. At that time, the surgery didn't have the right equipment, and so Eddie asked that the donations received at his funeral should be given to the surgery to help address the shortfall.

The Eddie Pay Medical Fund was created to manage donations, and it continues to support the surgery to this day, funding additional items and equipment to improve the service delivered by the surgery to the local community.

Jonathan said: "It's a real pleasure to be able to do something to support both the NHS and the local community at this time. Most of us were unaware of the Eddie Pay Medical Fund, and we're delighted to be able to contribute to this long-standing good cause."