Southmead Hospital Charity has five runners taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday September 15 this year. These amazing fundraisers are raising money for different departments across the hospital, choosing to support the causes that mean the most to them. Meet our runners! Click on their names to visit their fundraising pages:
“We are very lucky that the boys are now healthy cheeky three year olds, but that is only because of Southmead NICU.”
David Hares is running the half marathon to raise money for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He said:
“The care and support we received was amazing. Not only did the nurses, doctors, reception staff and cleaners look after our babies but they helped support us, through an emotional and stressful time. “Once the twins were out of hospital the care continued. Fortnightly visits from the community nurse and hospital appointments with the consultants. “We are very lucky that the boys are now healthy cheeky three year olds, because of Southmead NICU. “I am running the Bristol Half Marathon to raise money and say thank you.” “I’m inspired by the work of Southmead Hospital Charity and wanted to support them.”
Leilah Dare, is a Consultant in our Emergency Department, and is raising money for the department. She said:
“Charity funding has contributed to creating a better working environment for our patients and staff. Charity money has helped decorate the mental health room, create dementia friendly cubicles, provide additional learning resources for our staff. “When you are a patient in the Emergency Department you can be at your most vulnerable, it can feel scary and intimidating. “I want to help make it as good as it possibly can be for all of our patients.” “The more people that know about Southmead Hospital Charity, the greater their impact.”
Tim Russell is running to raise money for the NICU after his twin daughters were born on Valentine’s Day this year and needed NICU. Tim has also completed the Great Bristol 10k in May to raise money. Tim said:
“Southmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides intensive care, high dependency care, special care and transitional care for hundreds of babies each year. “My wife and I experienced this first hand when we welcomed our twin daughters into this world – Olivia and Beatrice – on Valentines Day this year, albeit 12 weeks ahead of schedule. Both have, and still are to differing degrees, requiring significant specialist support to get both them – as well as their parents(!) – ready for when they can both come home. As Tim said “The more people that know about Southmead Hospital Charity, the greater their impact.” As a gesture of thanks, Tim is completing several running events in order to help other families going through the same experiences. “People with hidden disabilities like these can need extra help to process information and manage anxiety.”
Pete Bramwell is running the Bristol Half Marathon to support the Emergency Department to better identify the needs of patients with learning disabilities, autism or both. Pete said:
“When attending medical appointments, people with hidden disabilities like these can need extra help to process information and manage anxiety. This is especially true in busy and noisy AEs which can be confusing and stressful. He is raising money to help “top up their ‘bags of calm’, make more easy read picture books about treatments and create more artwork to foster a familiar and warm environment.” “I know how important brain tumour research is and so wanted to raise money for this cause.”
Catherine Rowe is a lab manager of a neuropathology lab at North Bristol NHS Trust. As Catherine said: “This will be my first half marathon in ten years and I wanted a challenge!!” Catherine will be raising money for brain tumour research.
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