This year, we’re very excited to welcome Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, to our incredible team of fundraisers taking on the London Marathon in April.
With training and fundraising well underway, we asked Marvin a few questions about his decision to take part.
Like so many Bristolians, the NHS has always been there for me and my family. I was born at Southmead Hospital and two of my kids were born there or at Cossham. Southmead staff also cared for my brother there, before he passed away during the pandemic.
Healthcare that’s free at the point of use is a cornerstone of our society. It’s worth standing up for and supporting – as I’m sure the one million people treated across North Bristol NHS Trust each year, and the 12,000 dedicated staff, will agree.
I’m excited – I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and I’m honoured to be able to do it by supporting Southmead Hospital Charity.
I’d not yet taken the plunge to sign up for one before. Once I’d said yes this time it was obviously a great motivation to get training, as is the generous support from donors so far!
It’s been challenging, not least with the cold snaps we’ve had recently, but I’m enjoying it. I recently managed a sixteen mile run, and have been trying to add two miles every fortnight to my longest runs.
I’ve done a few 10k runs before, including as a guide runner for a blind runner on the Great Bristol Run in 2021. That was the first time that it was possible for blind and partially sighted runners to take part in that event, a great step forward for our city.
All our marathon runners bring their own motivations for supporting Southmead Hospital. Say hello to the team:
We’re counting down the weeks until the London Marathon, and we can’t wait to cheer on Marvin our fantastic team. We’re so grateful to them all for their support, and for the huge amount of work everyone is doing to help support our local NHS.