Inspirational Stroke Consultant Dr Indira Natarajan is taking on the London Marathon this year to support County Hospital, Stafford. Dr Natarajan, who is based at Royal Stoke, runs for Stone Master Marathoners and last year completed the Great North Run for the Stroke Association. In total he ran 1,500 miles last year, enough to run between County Hospital and Royal Stoke 95 times. UHNM Charity is aiming to raise £600,000 to improve patient experience at the regenerated hospital.
Amongst the areas to be revamped include creating a garden for cancer patients, overhauling a room for bereaved families and brightening up walls with paintings, stencils and portholes and creating sitting areas to help dementia patients on other wards.
Around £200,000 of the funds will be used to develop the outside space leading off the chemotherapy unit, which is currently unusable. Staff decided to ask for help as patients often ask to go outside during warmer weather. The appeal is now just £130,000 short of the target and it is hoped the fundraising by Dr Natarajan and others will get it over the finish line.
Dr Natarajan said: "We often try to go the extra mile for our patients but my colleagues joke that going an extra 26 miles might be a step too far. I love what we do for our patients and I love to run so completing the London Marathon for County Hospital will be very special. I'd be very humbled if colleagues, patients and the general public would sponsor me for this event and I promise I won't let them down."
Adela Appleby, Head of UHNM Charity, said: "We had a high number of applications to take part in the London Marathon on behalf of UHNM Charity and I'm delighted that someone of Dr Natarajan stature has been chosen to represent us. He's an inspiration to many of the staff at the hospital and has put Staffordshire on the map for Stroke care nationally over the past decade."
To make a donation to Dr Natarajan's fundraising campaign, please click here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IndiraNatarajan