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Team UHNM to tackle London Landmarks Half Marathon in aid of UHNM Charity

Ten members of staff from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) are set to tackle the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday 7 April 2024 in a bid to raise vital funds for UHNM Charity.

A team of both clinical and non-clinical staff are lining up together to help UHNM Charity improve patient care and experience at the Royal Stoke and County hospitals.

Directors, surgeons, nurses and sisters will be lacing up their trainers along with a biochemist, healthcare assistant, porter and secretary to race 13.1 miles through central London alongside 19,000 other runners.

Lisa Thomson, Director of Communications and Charity at UHNM said: “I am delighted to announce that Team UHNM will be taking to the streets of the capital in April to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon to help improve the care and experience of patients at UHNM. We have put together a team of ten brilliant and deserving runners from right across UHNM who will all have an unforgettable day, and I encourage as many colleagues, family, friends and members of the public as possible to get right behind them and donate to Team UHNM.”

Team UHNM is made up of:

. Dr Matthew Lewis, Chief Medical Officer
. Mr Wayne Jaffe, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
. Oliver Priest, Consultant Oesophagogastric Surgeon
. Julian Waldron, Clinical Biochemist
. Alex Worsey, Sister Ward 105 (Surgical Ambulatory Care Unit)
. Jessie Dickson, Deputy Director of Communications and Charity
. Jessica Mulroy-Johnson, Engagement and Marketing Lead, Targeted Lung Health Checks
. Lee Jones, Porter
. Matthew Craft, Healthcare Assistant Ward 218 (Staffordshire Children's Hospital at Royal Stoke)
. Joanna Jones, Secretary

Mr Wayne Jaffe, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at UHNM and keen runner said: “I’m delighted to be given the chance to be part of Team UHNM running the London Landmarks Half Marathon in April and I’m looking forward to raising as much funds as possible for UHNM Charity.

“It’s a fun route which takes in the main sights of the city, with great support along the way and always a really good atmosphere. I always like to try and finish a half marathon in under two hours, but it’s such a fun time that you end up slowing down and take photos, interact with the crowd and enjoy the DJs and other entertainment along the way.”

Jess Mulroy-Johnson, said: “The London Landmarks will be the furthest I’ve run, having currently done 12 miles, and thanks to my training with my running club, I’m feeling good about the race. I know I can do it, and I’m hoping that the atmosphere on the day is going to push me that extra mile at the end. I’m excited to see all the different landmarks along the route, and I’ve heard good things and its supposed fun run to do with lots of things going on. Running for UHNM Charity is a really heartwarming and worthwhile thing to do, and I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible.”

Lia Fyles, Race Director added: “The London Landmarks Half Marathon was born in 2014 and was created to bring together as many charities as possible to raise much needed funds. With our offices based in the heart of the City, we saw that a central London half marathon taking in the City and all the capital’s landmarks did not exist! The event is extra special as we celebrate London’s wonderful culture and communities, by having brilliant performers, volunteers and community groups from across the capital entertaining and supporting runners along the route. After all, it is the people that make the London Landmarks Half Marathon, the unforgettable event we all know and love.”

The London Landmarks Half Marathon route showcases ‘The Grand. The Quirky. The Hidden.’ of central London. It is the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and Westminster and aims to raise £6.5 million for charity each year. It highlights the iconic landmarks of the capital such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye and it also unearths and promotes the hidden highlights of the city, with an emphasis on historical and cultural gems.

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