On the day of the London Marathon, Stephanie Hagger-Knight will undertake her own marathon challenge in aid of UHNM’s Critical Care Unit where she works.
The Senior Physiotherapist is planning to run the distance from her home in Whitchurch in Shropshire to the Royal Stoke on Sunday 3 October to not only pay tribute and thank her amazing colleagues but raise funds for the patients they treat.
She told us: “I’m running my own marathon as a thank you to my Critical Care colleagues. It’s a really great place to work and everybody does such an amazing job. Any funding that can go towards enhancing the treatment that we can give our patients is invaluable.”
Funds from Stephanie’s run will go towards equipment for patient rehabilitation including equipment for the new UHNM Charity-funded rehabilitation garden at Royal Stoke.
“Running is something I’ve been doing for a few years now and have gradually built up the distance I can run. It’s good head space and something I’ve been able to do throughout Covid and the lockdowns. I use patients as inspiration if I can’t go any further. I think how hard they’re pushing themselves on Critical Care and think if they can push themselves that little bit more I can do the extra mile.”
Speaking about how her training is going she added: “Training is going OK, I’m up to half marathon distance now so am pushing on beyond that. It’s starting to get a little bit psychologically harder now but I’ll reach my goal. I hope to have some colleagues run with me along parts of the route too.”
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