FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday 6 September 2010
LOCAL FUN RUNNERS LEAD THE WAY FOR
HAREFIELD HOSPITAL MRI SCANNER
Harefield Hospital is well on the way to raising money for its new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner, after an impressive 999 people took part in yesterday’s annual fun run to raise money for the appeal. The scanner will give heart and lung patients the most accurate and pain-free diagnosis of their condition.
The weather was cooler than expected but proved perfect for running in the 29th annual event, which began at 11.30am when Harefield patient and international cricketer, Alvin Kallicharran led the way across the starting line. Once again, many of this year’s runners were former patients at the world-renowned Harefield Hospital or were taking part in memory of loved ones.
Fifty friends and family members of the Day family called ‘Trevor’s Trotters’ travelled from Rochester to take part in the run.
Mr Day, who had a double lung transplant on the day of last year’s fun run, said:
“I am very lucky. I can’t put it into words but you can just ask my wife! It’s been a year to the day (since the transplant). To do this today with all my grandchildren, what more could I ask for. This place is incredible.”
Also running was cystic fibrosis patient Richard Burbedge, 30, who had a double lung transplant just three months ago.
Mr Burbedge, who has raised £650 in sponsorship, said:
“I had my 30th birthday in Royal Brompton hospital and just a few days later I was in Harefield having the transplant. It was the best 30th birthday present I could have ever had. I had never been able to run before as I had been so unwell. So I’m really proud as this is the first race I’ve ever done”.
Fundraising director at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Jennifer Walton said:
“We raised £36,000 in 2009 and it would be fantastic to achieve a similar figure this time around. It was really heart-warming to see so many patients and their families take part in the fun run. The atmosphere was fun filled and joyous. Participants travelled enthusiastically around the course while their families, friends and other supporters made the day a great success.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to all the friends, family and staff who came and supported the fun run this year.”
As well as the fun run, a full day of entertainment and activities was organised, including a tug of war, live drumming by the Dhol Squad, a display by the No Biz Like Show Biz dance school and a fire poi display by Matthew Green, whose father Paul is a transplant patient at Harefield.
First organised 28 years ago, the fun run started as the Harefield Healthy Heart Run in 1981 inspired by the success of the first London Marathon in 1980. The inaugural run was started by the late Eric Morecambe, a patient of the hospital.
To date, over £900,000 has been raised through the fun run for research and treatment of patients with heart and lung disease. The hospital is aiming to raise £1.5 million to purchase the MRI scanner.
For further information or photos, please contact:
Shima Islam, Head of media relations
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 020 7351 8672 (Brompton)
Tel: 01895 828 877 (Harefield)
Mobile: 07866 536 345