Meet our seven, 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners! They are rising to the 26 mile challenge on Sunday 23 April for their chosen part of Whittington Health. We are very grateful to them for taking on this real test of endurance and all the advance training and preparation needed to get round the course.
We are also very grateful to them for supporting their chosen part of Whittington Health. You can read about our inspirational runners and the department, service or ward they are raising funds for and also sponsor them via their fundraising page;
Christine is running in aid of maternity services across Whittington Health. Christine says, ‘I have had rheumatoid arthritis for the past 11 years and thanks to the great care I have had from the NHS I am able to live life to the full. I am running the London Marathon to raise money and give a little something back’. Christine is a keen runner and member of the Amor LC Health and Fitness Running Club and fellow members are helping her with training and preparation.
Jan is running in aid of the Children’s Audiology Unit. Jan says, ‘Anyone who knows me, knows that music is an essential part of my life, bringing me joy, relief and support throughout life’s varied events. I can’t imagine a world without music, but for too many children in London, this is a luxury they do not get to fully experience, due to various hearing difficulties. This is why I am supporting the Children’s Audiology Unit at the Whittington as the unit gives children the kind of help, support and guidance that would otherwise not be available’. Jan would love all children to be able to hear the wonder of music, the power of their parents’ voice and the joy of people laughing.
Jonathan is running in aid of our Maternity Bereavement Services. In June 2012, Jonathan and his wife Amy were expecting their first child when during a routine check-up they received the devastating news that a heartbeat couldn’t be found. Only days before her due date, their first child, a daughter named Arella, was still born.
The couple received bereavement support and counselling from the hospital team who continued to care for them through the safe arrival of their daughters Zoe in 2013 and Annie in 2015. Jonathan says, ‘they were a lifeline when we needed them in our difficult times which made celebrating Zoe and Annie with the same people more meaningful for both us and them. The NHS is a wonderful, yet undervalued institution. It was Amy who first told me that the Whittington have their own Marathon places, so I decided this was a time in my life when I could (with a push!) take on the training commitment, rise to the challenge and most importantly, raise awareness of stillbirth in general and the incredible work of the Whittington Hospital and staff too. It’s a small gesture of gratitude and hopefully will make Amy, Zoe and Annie proud.’ Jonathan explained that he thinks of their beautiful Arella every day and she will be his extra motivation during the months of training and for the marathon itself.
Lisa is running in aid of the Whittington Health Community Nursing Team. The team work across Islington and Haringey where the nurses, pharmacists and a range of support staff provide complex care and treatment to adult housebound patients in often challenging conditions and in all weathers, 24-hours a day, helping patients remain independent at home wherever possible.
Lisa says, ‘I thought I’d try to make my life a little bit more interesting by attempting to complete the London Marathon and support the fantastic Community Nursing Team! The funds raised will go towards buying low cost reconditioned G-Wizz electric cars that will help the nurses visits to patients at home that much easier.’ Please click here to support Lisa.
Paul is running in aid of the Resuscitation Team. Paul says, ‘I am doing the Marathon to raise funds for state of the art resuscitation and clinical skills equipment. This will be used to train and educate all grades of staff and disciplines throughout the Trust and have a direct positive impact on patient safety as staff will be able to practise life-saving techniques before they experience a real life situation’. Paul has run 10 miles before and whilst he’s not aiming to win the Marathon he would like to finish under six hours.
Sabrina is running in aid of the Chemotherapy Delivery Unit. Sabrina has been running for five years and is celebrating 10 years working for Whittington Health by taking part in the London Marathon, something she has always wanted to do. Sabrina says, ‘over the years I have seen patients lose their battle against cancer but also seen many of them beat the disease with the support of the cancer unit and services. The care the service provides is absolutely fantastic and I would like to support the doctors and nurses in the unit by taking on this challenge.’
Tara is running in aid of our Maternity Unit and Special Care Baby Unit. Tara says, ‘I am taking on the 26.2 miles of the Marathon in aid of the wonderful Whittington Health Maternity Unit and Special Care Baby Unit, where I used to work. The Whittington provides fantastic care to women and babies so your sponsorship will go towards this specialist care. This is a huge personal challenge and I wanted to give back to this extremely worthy cause.’
Our Gold Bonds for the 2017 Marathon on Sunday 23 April were snapped up! If our runners have inspired you to take on this amazing challenge you can register your interest for a 2018 Gold Bond now.
As these are guaranteed places for such a special ‘once in a lifetime’ event we ask participants aim to raise a minimum of £1,800.00 for a department, service or ward that is close to their heart. We ask you to pay a registration fee and will support participants in their fundraising as much as possible. Experience shows us that sharing a target with family, friends and colleagues is successful and helps spur participants on with their training and on the big day! All runners will benefit from;
A ‘Runners Reception’ a few weeks before the big day giving everyone a chance to meet their fellow runners, share training tips and buddy up.
A personalised running vest.
A cheering point on the route.
A reception near the finish line with food and drink for all runners.
For more information or to register your interest, please call or email Graham Brogden, Head of Fundraising on 020 7288 3402 or email@example.com.