Hospital staff raise £17,000 through Virtual London Marathon to support WISHH

21st Feb

Doctors, nurses and other NHS staff from Hull who took part in the world’s largest marathon, involving 100,000 people globally, have helped raise £17,000 for the WISHH By Your Side Appeal. 

An team of 50 staff working in departments such as administration, paediatrics, neurosurgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, diabetes, physiotherapy, security and theatres at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital dedicated months of training to for the Virtual London Marathon 2021.

Some £16,000 was raised by staff to support the By Your Side appeal, which aims to enhance the family accommodation for parents and carers as part of a major redevelopment project at Hull Royal Infirmary.  The project includes expanding the number of family rooms for parents and carers of the area’s sickest babies and children that are being cared for at the hospital. 

A further £1,000 was raised to support diabetes patients cared for at Hull Royal infirmary.

For the Virtual London Marathon, runners could take part in their own time, pace, and at a location of their choosing over a period of 24 hours. On completion, each received a much sought-after London Marathon 2021 finishers’ medal and T-shirt. 

Lisa Whitton, WISHH charity manager said, “On behalf of WISHH we would like to sincerely thank the entire team of runners for supporting our hospitals in such an incredible way bringing our By Your Side Appeal closer to becoming a reality. 

“The Allam Diabetes Centre will also benefit from the funds raised to enhance the comfort and care given to patients with diabetes. 

“Thank you to the families and friends for supporting each of our runners, which in turn will enable us to make an incredible difference to the families/carers of children, babies and patients cared for.”

To find out more about the By Your Side appeal, visit

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