Inspirational runners to compete in MK Marathon

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The mum of a premature baby, a doctor and a former soldier are among those getting their running shoes on for the hospital this 2012, as part of its MK Marathon Running Team.

Taking part in the MK Marathon on April 29, the team – called Team HC: MK – comprises of 18 individuals, who will be running on their own or as part of the corporate relay. Runners are raising funds for different wards in the hospital, including the Neonatal, Stroke and Breast Care Units.

The team includes Sally Millett, whose son Oran was treated on the Neonatal Unit in 2008; Dr Sabina Taneja, who works as a consultant radiologist at the hospital and David Adams, a former soldier who will be running the marathon as a naughty nurse!

First-time marathon runner Sally Millett feels very strongly about joining Team HC: MK after her son contracted a lung infection and needed to spend four days on the Neonatal Unit. She said: “The Little Lives Appeal will always be important to us. They were there to save our little boy’s life when we most needed it, yet least expected it. I have always relished a challenge and have always loved running so really wanted to combine the two and run a marathon before I turn 30 this year. What better place to do it? A local event for a local cause!”

Dr Sheeba Taneja works on the hospital’s Breast Care Unit and is running the marathon to support the good work it does. She said: “I feel passionate about the work of the Breast Care Unit and wanted to support their fundraising efforts. This is my first marathon, and not even the cold weather will stop my training – I’m also really looking forward to completing the race and raising lots of funds for such a good cause.”

Also on board are local IT company Aztech Solutions, Barclays in Bletchley, Cognita Schools and former soldier David Adams, whose grandmother is a volunteer at the hospital. David said: “As this will be my fifth marathon, I wanted to do it in fancy dress. This will raise loads more money for the hospital. Dressing up as a nurse just seemed quite fun!”

The team is supported by the Loughton-based Fusion Health Club, who are sponsoring t-shirts for the runners, as well as providing training sessions and free passes to all those running in the team. Sue Collins, Customer Relations Manager at Fusion, is delighted to be involved. She said: “Fusion Health Club is delighted to be sponsoring Team HC: MK in the MK Marathon. To be able to support these inspirational people running 26.2 miles for charity, as well as work with Milton Keynes Hospital in promoting messages around good health is something we greatly look forward to.”

Together the team aims to raise more than £5,000 for the hospital charity. For more information on running the MK Marathon for the hospital, please contact Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes on 01908 822690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.