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Patient goes the extra mile to raise funds for local hospital charity

Patient goes the extra mile to raise funds for local hospital charity

A microbiologist from Sawbridgeworth is going the extra mile to raise funds for The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) physiotherapy department.

The physiotherapy department helps patients to restore movement and function after they have been affected by injury, illness or disability.

Ian, aged 56, will undertake the gruelling 26.2 mile London Marathon this October. The PAHT physiotherapy team cared for Ian following a motorbike accident that resulted with him fracturing his ankle and wrist that required specialist surgery.

Ian said: “One major part of my road to recovery both physically and mentally was my regular visits to the physiotherapy team – I cannot thank them enough for their support, expertise and encouragement.

“A big goal for me was to get my running shoes back on and start running again. 20 months later, here I am, preparing to run the London Marathon.

“I was delighted to hear that I had received a place through the ballot and wanted to use this opportunity to raise enough money to purchase specialist equipment for the physiotherapy department."

“I’m truly humbled by the support I have received so far and so grateful to everybody who has donated. I look forward to taking part in the marathon next month.”

John Keddie, non-executive director and chair of The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charity said: “A huge thank you to Ian for raising important funds that will help to enhance patient care and purchase additional patient physiotherapy assessment beds.

“We are pleased to hear that Ian is recovering well and our teams involved with Ian’s care will be extremely proud that he is participating in the London Marathon - a remarkable achievement, well done.”

Donations can be made to Ian’s fundraiser by visiting his JustGiving page. Link to the JustGiving page >

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.