Spotlight on: our Run Hackney team

28 Apr 2016

On Sunday 8th May, hospital staff and supporters will join forces in running Hackney to help patients in the hospitals of Barts Health NHS Trust.

Update - 09/05/2016: A huge well done to all our runners for tackling the Hackney Half yesterday. The weather was scorching which made it doubly difficult! Thank you to them all for their inspiring efforts in running and fundraising to help patients in the hospitals we support.

Below, in their own words, we’ve highlighted a few of the inspiring reasons they’re choosing to do this. You can tap their names to visit their JustGiving pages if you’d like to learn more or support them.

Sarah – supporting the older people’s ward she works on at The Royal London:

“The reason I am doing this half marathon is to raise money for the patients I work with nearly every day. Many of these patients are vulnerable adults with differing medical conditions such as dementia.”

Charlotte – occupational therapist at Whipps Cross, fundraising in memory of a long-term patient:

“Sinead was born prematurely and was in SCBU at Whipps where she had a brain haemorrhage at 17 days old and lived her life with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. As an adult Sinead was provided with a team of 24 hour carers so she could live independently. 

“Any money raised will go to Whipps Cross Hospital - Intensive Care Unit. This is where Sinead spent the last few weeks of her life with incredible care from the nursing team who went the extra mile to meet her individual needs while also supporting her family and carers.” 

Eliot – junior doctor at Newham, fundraising for the Thistle older people’s ward: Eliot

“Last August I started working as a junior doctor at Newham University Hospital. My first job was on a Care of the Elderly ward, that specialised in providing ongoing medical care and rehabilitation for those patients that needed to stay in hospital a little bit longer... 

“The learning curve was steep but I learnt a lot in 2 months from the fantastic team that work on Thistle and I would like to recognise the hard work of these inspiring people by giving a little something back.”

Lynda – dementia nurse at Mile End: Lynda

“I am raising money for the new Dementia and Delirium Teams we are setting up. The teams work with patients who are admitted to our big teaching hospitals in East London, we aim to reduce their distress and make their stay in hospital a more positive experience. 

“This fund is being set up so we can buy bits and bobs for our patients, this could be getting them some of their favourite music on a cheap mp3 to sweets, newspapers, massage lotion and anything else they want to help their stay in hospital better.”

Sarah and Mark – from Career Moves, who are kindly supporting us throughout 2016: Sarah and Mark

“Those of you that know us will be more used to seeing us run to the bar on a night out rather than attempting to run 13 miles! However, for 2016 we decided to set ourselves a personal goal to get fit and do something good for charity.”

We unfortunately can’t feature all of our runners, but a special mention also goes to:

  • John – radiologist at The Royal London and Barts, supporting the radiology fund
  • Simone – paediatric surgeon at The Royal London, supporting the Play Team
  • Karen – a staff member at Whipps Cross
  • Jacqueline – occupational therapy student who did a placement at Mile End
  • Lindsay – part of the Cardiac Rehab team at Barts, supporting the Cardiac Rehab team, along with the British Heart Foundation. She’s also giving up chocolate until race day!

Good luck to all of #TeamBarts and we’ll see you on race day!

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