Marathon runners go beyond £10k

UHNM Charity runners

Five intrepid runners have raised more than £10,000 for UHNM Charity by running the London Marathon. The five, Stroke Physician Consultant Dr Indira Natarajan, Paediatrician Respiratory Consultant Dr Fran Gilchrist, Gastroenterology Consultant Dr Alison Brind, nurse Sarah Lockett and supporter James Hobson, all tackled the 26.2 miles in the gruelling heat. The money raised will go to good causes across UHNM, including County Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis, Liver disease, Ward 108 and Children's Intensive Care.

Dr Indira Natarajan, who has so far raised more than £5,000, said: “As gold bond runner for UHNM Charity my challenge was to raise money towards improving services at County Hospital, especially to create a garden for cancer patients and raise the profile of the Stroke Services. I love what we do for our patients and I love to run so completing the London Marathon for County Hospital was very special. It is our duty to further develop the services at County Hospital as well and this challenge will go some way in enabling this vision. I set out to run under 4 hours but managed to complete with a Personal best time of 3 hours 33 minutes. It was the hottest London marathon on record and I kept saying to myself that I have earned £192 towards the charity for every mile I crossed which helped me to finish it”

Dr Fran Gilchrist said: “I ran to raise money for the North West Midlands Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Centre, which cares for over 230 children and adults with CF. The money we raised will be used to buy medical equipment, such a nebulisers for the children and adults attending the centre. CF is an inherited life-shortening disease for which there is no cure. Patients require multiple medicines to help absorb their food and to prevent or treat chest infections, some of which can be given using a nebuliser. The money we raised will fund a supply of these modern nebulisers to limit so the treatment burden for patients can be reduced.”

Dr Alison Brind said: “I ran to raise awareness of Liver disease in North Midlands. More than 1,000 people per year die of liver disease in our region each year. Many of these deaths could be avoided by lifestyle changes and treatment of viral hepatitis. The money raised will support the nurses at UHNM with training courses, at both Royal Stoke and County Hospital, who care for patients with Liver disease.”

Sarah Lockett said: “I raised money for Ward 108, the female Gastro Intestinal ward at Royal Stoke University Hospital. I did this to make a difference to the patients’ experience of being on the ward by providing things the NHS can’t fund. Being in hospital is never nice but these patients often have life changing surgeries or diagnosis’s and all the staff try to make their stay the best they can.”

James Hobson said: “I heard that the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital needed vital equipment and decided to use my fundraising to support the team. The money will go to fund a new Ultrasound machine, which will benefit thousands of poorly children. The unit that cares for the sickest and critically unwell children in the region and the charity exists to enable patients and their loved ones to thank the staff and hospitals for their care.”

If you have been inspired by these runners and want to fundraise for UHNM Charity call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

Every year more than one million seriously ill children and adults are cared for by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. UHNM Charity makes things better for patients, their families and the staff who care for them, by funding state of the art equipment, new facilities, innovative research and all the important extras that make care so special.