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Dr-Vishal Metha and Team of runners

Fifty hospital staff support WISHH ‘By Your Side’ Appeal

Hull Hospital’s doctors, nurses and other NHS staff are going to be part of history in the making, whilst supporting our new ‘By Your Side’ Appeal, as they take part in the World’s Largest Marathon, involving 100,000 people globally. 

An incredible team of 50 staff working in departments such as neurosurgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, security, administration, paediatrics, and theatres at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, have dedicated months of training to for the Virtual London Marathon on the 3rd October.

The beauty of the Virtual London Marathon is that runners can take part in their own time, pace, and at a location of their choosing over a period of 24 hours on the 3rd October.  The funds raised will help the WISHH ‘By Your Side’ Appeal as we enhance the family accommodation for parents and carers as part of a major redevelopment project at Hull Royal Infirmary.  The project includes expanding the number of family rooms for parents and carers of the area’s sickest babies and children that are being cared for at the hospital. 

Junior Doctor, Lydia Edwards said: “After experiencing the fantastic work done by Hull Hospitals first hand as a wonderful Cardiologist saved my father’s life, – I feel very proud to be a part of #TeamWISHH running the Virtual London Marathon.  To know that the money we are raising will be going towards this fantastic appeal which makes running the marathon feel even more important!”

Lindsey Ness, Neurosurgery Physiotherapist said: “In 2019 my son Tom was cared for by the amazing staff on the paediatric high dependency unit and Acorn ward at Hull Royal Infirmary. The staff not only gave Tom the best care possible but they made sure the whole family were supported during a stressful experience. To express my appreciation for getting him back to full health (and back on the football pitch!), I am running the marathon to support the appeal.”

Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Vishal Metha said, “Once spaces became available for the Virtual London Marathon through WISHH, as a group of doctors, we formed a mini-running club.  We have been following a 16-week training plan for beginners and learnt a lot from various experts within the Trust and friend circle.  We are all very excited (and a bit nervous) about the event but we are determined to run, shuffle and crawl the 26.2-mile distance.  It’s our way of supporting WISHH and the wonderful improvements the charity has made within our hospitals.”

Amanda Fordham, Resuscitation Officer said, “I’ve ran on and off for over 10 years, originally taking up running after completing NHS couch to 5k. I regularly run with friends from my running club ‘Friends and Runners’ –  everyone is so encouraging and the group helped motivate me especially over lockdown. I have also been inspired by team mates at Humber Triathletes.   I ran every day throughout January and was keen to take on the challenge of running a marathon to support our hospital charity.  My longest run to date is 19 miles but currently enjoying the taper! I can’t wait until the 3rd October.”

To support our Virtual London Marathon Team as part of this appeal visit: Just Giving Page and state ‘#TeamWISHH Virtual London Marathon’. Donations can also be made via cheque made payable to WISHH Charity, posted to WISHH By Your Side Appeal (VLM), WISHH Office, First Floor Administration Building, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ.  Donations can also be made via Bacs transfer, contact the WISHH team for further information or call us on 01482 622299.

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