The Royal Parks Foundation Half marathon takes this Sunday with thousands of runners running through the beautiful Royal Parks of London, many of them raising money for charity. One such runner, who has so far raised over £6,000 (incl. Gift Aid) for Great Ormond Street Hospital, is Mark Newman.
Mark told us a bit more about why he chose the Royal Parks Foundation Half, and why chose Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“A good friend has a young child with leukaemia and is receiving extensive treatment at Great Ormond Street, who have been fantastic. I asked the father what we could do to help, recognising we live overseas, and he praised the staff at GOSH and said raising funds for them would be great.
I chose the event as it met all my requirements – I could support a charity that I fundamentally believe in and to give back to them, it was the right time of year coinciding with a family visit to the UK from where we live in Singapore, and it was the right distance for a challenging fitness objective for me.”
When asked Mark what the hardest thing about preparing for the event has been, he said “The training of course! Also Singapore currently has a haze problem caused by fires in Sumatra, that increase the pollution levels to dangerous highs. So training outside has been a real challenge for the last 4 weeks.”
Opening in 1852 as the first hospital in the UK to offer dedicated inpatient care to children, Great Ormond Street is now one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals treating a wide variety of life limiting illnesses in children of all ages.
Mark tells us “A proud moment recognising that through my efforts, and many very generous donations from friends, colleagues and family, that in some small way we have given something back to the amazing institution of Great Ormond Street Hospital.”