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Exceptional care provided by the L&D inspires runners to take on this year’s London Marathon

Exceptional care provided by the L&D inspires runners to take on this year’s London Marathon

Four dedicated locals have taken on the life-changing challenge of training towards completing this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) Charitable Fund.

Competing against over 40,000 other runners, Jon Reep, Elliott Stern, Tash Stern and Giles Horridge will all be part of the 26 mile run across the capital city. Watched by over 800,000 spectators, including members of the royal family, the race will be officially started by Her Majesty The Queen.

Each of the runners has chosen to raise money for the L&D following outstanding care either they or a relative received at the hospital. With the increased strains on NHS and current financial climate having an impact on funding for local hospitals, these individuals are taking on the challenge to raise money to support the L&D’s vision of delivering the best patient care possible.

Jon Reep, long term advocate of the L&D has been raising money for the hospital over the years. His efforts to run the marathon this year is to support the children’s unit as recognition of the exceptional care and expertise provided to his son by the dedicated staff.
More about Jon’s story and details of how to donate can be found here.

Elliot and Tash Stern will take on the challenge as a pair. They have chosen to donate a portion of the already impressive sum to the L&D after their nephew Jack was born at 24 weeks, 16 weeks premature, weighing just 1lb 9oz. With just a 10% survival rate, the nurses and doctors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) worked tirelessly to support Jack as he struggled with illness and complications. Against all the odds Jack fought through. With the help of the NICU team he survived and is now a happy and healthy five-year-old.
More about Elliot and Tash’s story and details of how to donate can be found here.

It has been 18 years since his last attempt at the London Marathon, but this year Giles Horridge aims to complete the run in under three hours, after dedicating the last four months to training. The team at the L&D’s children’s ward took care of his child Sam and a portion of his proceeds will go to the Charitable Fund as his way of thanks.
More about Giles’ story and details of how to donate can be found here.

Simon Linnett, L&D Chairman said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank Jon, Elliot, Tash and Giles for their hard work and dedication. Taking on such a huge physical challenge is an outstanding achievement and I am thrilled that they have chosen to support us by donating proceeds to the Trust’s charitable fund.

It’s always amazing to hear personal stories of how our staff have made such a positive impact on so many lives, and these donations will help us improve on delivering the best patient experience and high quality of care possible.”

In 2016 Shannon Foudy was announced as the London Marathon’s millionth finisher, where she ran to raise money for the L&D’s NICU to say thank you for the support provided by the dedicated team that cared for her baby daughter in 2010.

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