Marathon duo reflect on their achievements
West Suffolk Hospital Charity was very proud to be represented at this year’s London Marathon by two fantastic runners – Ian Stuart and Sharon Breward.
Ian, from Walsham le Willows, was running for the Charity’s Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign while Sharon, of Great Cornard, was supporting the Critical Care Unit and Macmillan Unit at the Hospital.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager for the Charity, said: “We cannot thank Ian and Sharon enough for supporting West Suffolk Hospital Charity in such an amazing way.
“Everyone connected to the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign, Critical Care Unit and Macmillan Unit would like to say a massive thank you to them both – and to everyone who supported their fundraising so generously.”
In their own words, our inspirational duo reflect on an unforgettable day.
“It was an amazing day – the whole atmosphere, right from the start to the end, was brilliant.
“Everyone was really supportive throughout the course and although nothing can prepare you for it, the crowd cheering you on helped massively.
“I wanted to originally reach £250, so to have raised £1,250 was definitely a motivation. I am delighted such a worthwhile campaign has now raised more than £90,000 and I would like to thank everyone who has donated.
“I know first-hand how difficult it is to see a loved one with dementia.
“I have a family member who has dementia so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do a bit of fundraising and for a local cause such as my local hospital – that was very important.”
“The experience was just amazing from start to finish. The atmosphere was overwhelming especially when I saw my husband Dean at mile 17 along with all my friends along the route - they really were the boost I needed.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and supported me over the last few months, especially to my lovely husband who was with me every step of the way.”
“In December, my mum started her Chemotherapy at the Macmillan Unit and she is now coming to the end of her treatment.
“From the doctors, nurses, tea ladies and cleaning team, I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff.”
“Finishing and collecting the medal was the most emotional but best feeling in the world. I did it for my Mum and hopefully raised lots of money for the amazing CCU and Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital.”