Staff at St Mary’s hospital wrapped up warm on Sunday to brave 2°C weather and tackle the London Winter Run.
41 people from across the Emergency Department and Medicine & Integrated Care Division took part in the 10k run through central London to support Imperial Health Charity.
Not only did they all complete the challenging event but they also smashed their fundraising target, raising more than £6,000 for the Emergency Department and Small Grants Fund.
Kate Sendall, Senior Sister in the Emergency Department, said: “I’m incredibly proud of everyone for all their efforts with both the fundraising and actually completing the run!”
“I work with inspiring and amazing people; whether we’re running a 10k together or working a shift, we couldn’t have a better team. We trained together, encouraged each other when it was getting tough and everyone really challenged themselves, with incredible results.”
Winter can be an incredibly busy time for hospital staff who may find themselves neglecting their own wellbeing. The teams decided to take part to help support each other, as well as the charity.
“My motivation was to get people healthy and involved in running so they could feel good about themselves, have an outlet for stress over winter and meet new people,” said Gemma Glanville, HR Business Partner in the Medicine & Integrated Care Division.
“Last winter I had a series of winter illnesses and so this year I was determined to keep healthy, take in fresh air and sunlight wherever possible and keep up my fitness levels. I encouraged people at work to sign up with me, including many first-time runners.”
“Training in the winter is hard, and we did lose some members of the original team to illness. In the early hours of Sunday morning we reached our £3000 target which was a fantastic place to be heading into the race. We had lovely personalised messages on our page which were really motivating and we had several anonymous donations – so whoever you are, thank you!”
Every penny they raised will make a huge difference. If you’re feeling inspired by them, visit our website to find out how we can help you give back to your hospital.
You can still sponsor their amazing efforts at
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StMarysTeamED and https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teammic