Runners have shown that the blisters and sore legs from the MK Marathon were worth it, as more than £3,000 in sponsorship rolls in to help Milton Keynes Hospital patients.
Runners chose to support a number of hospital services, including children’s services through the hospital’s flagship campaign, Leo’s Appeal.
Milton Keynes Hospital Charity’s supporters on May 6 included a team from property consultants Bidwells – who have adopted the children’s ward appeal as their charity of the year – and Adele Evans from Bradwell-based FS1 Recruitment.
Jason Carvalho also took part in the MK Marathon after running the London Marathon for the appeal the previous month.
Supporting Leo’s Appeal was especially meaningful to Jason, as his son had visited the children’s ward several times.
He said: “My three year old son has been for a few short visits to the children’s ward and I have a number of close friends with similar aged children that have had many visits, some lengthy and more serious.
“In every case the level of care received has been fantastic and by supporting Leo’s Appeal, I wanted to do as much as I could to ensure that others continue to receive the same excellent care for their children.”
Adele also decided to run at the MK Marathon because of the care her daughter received. She said: “I know first-hand how frightening it can be for both children and parents.
“We couldn’t fault the care my daughter received whilst at the hospital and I want to help provide children across Milton Keynes with a more comfortable stay –which is what Leo’s Appeal is all about! Taking part was a huge challenge, but one I’m proud of, particularly knowing that it’s going to make a difference.”
Fundraising manager Vanessa Holmes said: “It really is inspiring to meet and work with people who are prepared to go that extra mile for Leo’s Appeal.
“We’re so grateful to them for not only raising funds, but taking on these challenges too! All the money raised will make a huge difference to local children who are admitted to Milton Keynes Hospital.”