Marathon marvels raise incredible £46,000

Release Date: 06/07/2017

Marathon marvels raise incredible £46,000

Twenty-three fabulous fundraisers who ran the London Marathon in aid of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital have been celebrated – after it was revealed that they had raised a collective £46,000.

A special reception, hosted by Trust Chairman Frank Collins and Chief Executive Mark Brandreth, was held at the Oswestry-based hospital today to honour the 23 runners who took part in the race in April.  

Two of the runners were RJAH members of staff, while 21 were members of the public who wanted to raise funds for the specialist hospital.

Frank, a former marathon runner himself, said: “Running a marathon is an enormously impressive personal achievement, and on behalf of the Trust I want to say a huge thank you to you all.

“Beyond the achievement of running a marathon, you’ve done something wonderful for this organisation, collectively raising £46,000.

“We will put that money to very, very good use, we will direct that to our patient care and improving staff services, and will do so with all of you in mind.”

The staff who ran the marathon for RJAH included Louise Buxton, Staff Nurse on Ludlow Ward, and Jamie Roberts, Healthcare Records Clerk.

Louise, who ran the marathon in 5:32:19, said: “I loved the whole experience, it was absolutely incredible and as a Staff Nurse here it made total sense to raise funds for RJAH.”

Jamie, who crossed the finish line at 5:32:17, said: “It was hard but the feeling of crossing the finish line was one of the best experiences of my life, and the support I’d had from everyone was brilliant.

“Thanks to that support I managed to raise just over £2,100 which is a great achievement, so I’d also like to thank everyone who supported me.”

Ann Coakley, who lives in Welshpool, managed to raise a staggering £5,000 for the hospital.

Personal reasons prompted Ann to run the marathon in aid of RJAH, as she received treatment for a number of years as a child, after it was discovered she had congenital dislocation of the hip.

She said: “Really I just wanted to give something back to the hospital as I was back and to here from the age of 18 months until I was in my teens.

“This was my first marathon and I wanted to enter it having turned 50 last year, so I actually ran it while I was 50, and I do think I’ve got another marathon in me yet.”

Mark added: “We are absolutely delighted with the total raised by our marathon runners, and delighted that so many members of the public chose to raise funds for RJAH.

“I would like to put on the record, my thanks to each and every one of them.”

The hospital is now looking for runners willing to support it by taking part in the 2018 London Marathon. It has around 26 charity places available and anyone interested can find more information by visiting the dedicated marathon section of the Trust website at http://www.rjah.nhs.uk/marathon.



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