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Another brick in the wall raises £1,800

Dr Anja Goossens has gone to great lengths to improve the lives of her elderly patients ­ the entire length of the Great Wall of China, in fact.

She finished a 4,000-mile walk along the wall in November, raising £1,800 for a local befriender scheme for housebound people and Age Concern.

Nearly two-thirds of the 3,300 patients at Dr Goossens's practice in Lancing, West Sussex, are aged 55 and over.

To help the fundraising, the practice created a replica Great Wall inside the surgery. People who made a donation received a self-adhesive brick in return.

Dr Goossens said: 'It was such a success that we had to make extra bits for the wall.'

She added: 'It was life-changing for me and I was so pleased with the way patients got involved.'

Dr Goossens's practice will be one of the first to receive a Proud Of Our Practice certificate.

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