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Race is on to support Nottingham’s hospitals.

More than 100 runners will be supporting Nottingham Hospitals Charity in this year’s Robin Hood Marathon on Sunday 25 September. They will join thousands taking part in the race which takes in iconic city sights and stunning parkland.

This year Nottingham Hospitals Charity has again been chosen to be local charity partner for the event which has seen increasing numbers take part on behalf of the Charity in recent years. In 2015 more than 90 runners raised £30,000 for the Charity.

Rebecca Gillie, from Beeston, Nottingham, is raising money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit after her son Alfie, now 10 months old, was treated there for an emergency diapraghmatic hernia when he was three weeks old.

Rebecca says: “I’d had an easy and uneventful pregnancy and a lovely birth, and we’d just started settling into life as a family when we noticed Alife was breathing quite fast and with increasing difficulty. We took him into A&E at QMC and they discovered the hernia.

“We wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who looked after Alfie, from the staff in A&E who first found out what was wrong, to the surgeons who treated him and the nurses who looked after him so well when he was recovering. I was really struck by the care and compassion Alfie and we received from all the medical team.”

Craig Mankelow from Colwick is fundraising for the City Neonatal Unit after his son Jude was treated there at the end of last year. Jude, now eight months old, spent 36 hours in the Neonatal Unit straight after he was born by caesarean section. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics and needed help with his oxygen levels and maintaining his temperature.

Craig says: “Jude received excellent care from all the staff on the unit. Not only did they deliver a high standard of medical care, they also took time to explain everything that was happening and to provide us with emotional support at such a scary time for any parent. My wife was too unwell to visit Jude initially, but the staff on the unit made sure she was given regular updates about his condition, including bringing her photographs of him during the night.

“We were very lucky that Jude only had to spend 36 hours on the unit before he was well enough to join his mum on the ward, however we did meet families with much smaller babies who were spending weeks or even months on the NICU. I want to raise some money for the unit so that they can continue to give a great service to the babies and families they look after.”

Four staff from Hayward House, the specialist palliative care unit at at Nottingham’s City Hospital, will also be running on the day.

Senior Fundraiser Naomi Walters says: “We’re delighted to be Charity partner for the Robin Hood Marathon and we are really proud of all our Robin Hood Runners. People are taking part to support the area of Nottingham’s hospitals that is closest to their heart and their enthusiasm and dedication to fundraising is inspiring. We can’t wait to cheer our supporters over the finish line on 25th September!”

This year, as part of the local charity partner agreement, Nottingham Hospitals Charity has given away 10 free places to people pledging to raise £300 for the Charity. The Charity is also looking for volunteers to help support runners on the day.

Anyone interested in running to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity or in volunteering on the day can contact the Charity on 0115 962 7905 or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk. Otherwise runners can register directly at http://www.robinhoodhalfmarathon.co.uk/race-info/marathon-and-half-marathon.htm


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