London Marathon 2017
The London Marathon is almost here and three participants this year will be running for My WiSH Charity to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital.
Heather Ruff and Jill Bunch work on the stroke unit at the hospital and will be raising money for stroke rehabilitation. Heather is a speech and language therapist and Jill is an occupational therapist and both know the importance of aftercare following a stroke.
Heather said ‘I think most people will know someone who has had a stroke and I am sure you are all aware of what a devastating life changing event it can be for the patient, their families, carers and friends. It would be great to be able to help to contribute towards funds to enhance any resources which can help the staff but ultimately will benefit the patients we care for’.
Also running for My WiSH Charity this year is Simon Byford, a PGA Golf Professional at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club where captains, Joan Warnett and Nick Bonney, are supporting the Macmillan unit and Rainbow ward.
Simon said ‘My success in this years ballot was extremely timely as the chosen charities for Bury St Edmunds Golf Club are both very dear to my heart. My son spent the first six weeks of his life in and out of the Rainbow Ward so I know first hand the amazing care they provide and the amazing staff on the MacMillan unit have cared for many people close to me. I believe everybody knows someone who has been helped by the MacMillan team. It really is an honour to run for two amazing causes’.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager, said ‘People are always asking if we can provide them with a place in the London Marathon but unfortunately we have to pay £3000 for a secured place, something I feel very unhappy to do. To have three runners all secure places and choose to support us is just incredible and we can’t thank them enough. They all have tshirts with the My WiSH logo on and their names so I’m excited to see if we can spot them on tv!’.