Matthew Kershaw, the chief executive of the Croydon NHS Trust, went the extra mile, or 62, that weekend to raise money for a pediatric cancer charity at Mayday Hospital.
Kershaw, along with Scott Beaton, have raised over £4,000 – twice their goal – as a result of their efforts in the South Coast Challenge ultramarathon. The money will go to the Chartwell Cancer Trust’s Lily Pad Appeal, which is trying to raise £750,000 for a new pediatric cancer ward.
The challenge is an arduous 100 kilometers – over 62 miles – through Eastbourne country through the South Downs National Park, up Beachy Head, over the beautiful Seven Sisters and along the South Downs Way to Brighton half way through. Then up and down Devil’s Dyke to Arundel for the finish, with nearly 7,000 feet of climbing along the way.
Kershaw and Beaton – the husband of Croydon’s chief nurse and director of the integrated pediatric ward – looked exhausted but delighted as they reached the finish line after their weekend’s efforts.
“Each year Croydon Health Services NHS Trust looks after nearly 52,000 young people. With your help, we can provide even better care in this new unit, closer to home, for many of our sickest patients, Kershaw said.
The special pediatric ward was approved 12 months ago and will help families and their youth dealing with cancer, some of whom may remain in treatment for up to two years.
When completed, it will provide an intensive care unit and a pediatric cancer unit, enabling the Trust to provide even more of the council’s sickest children closer to home.
The state-of-the-art facility will house a medical, surgical and short-stay ward for children and young people requiring hospitalization, as well as improved facilities for patients and visitors, such as family and relaxation areas.
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