Runners raise money for our hospital heroes

Kelly Thornham News

Our NHS hospital heroes have inspired people to get out running to raise money for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity this month.

Teacher Jeff Singleton set a target of running every day until he reached 100 miles. He has been running with his eight-month-old son Erik in his buggy – one of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity’s youngest ever fundraisers. And he’s done so well that he’s now aiming to reach 200 miles.

Jeff, of Baildon, said: “Erik is our first child and we had an amazing experience when he was born at Bradford Royal Infirmary last August. The midwives were fantastic. Although he didn’t need the Neonatal Unit, we believe it’s a really worthy appeal so any money we raise will be split between the Big Neonatal Appeal and the NHS Hospital Heroes Appeal, which supports staff and patients impacted by Covid-19.”

Jeff, whose wife Caroline works in Quality Improvement at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said Erik loves going out running with him in his special running buggy and it quickly settles him down. He added: “He’s not a very good sleeper, so we’ve spent many early mornings out running. I take a flask of coffee and we’ve sat overlooking the glen.”

You can see the many photos Jeff has taken while out running with Erik and donate at http://www.justgiving.com/jandered

The Big Neonatal Appeal aims to improve the current parental facilities in the Neonatal Unit by building five additional parent bedrooms, creating an outdoor area for parents, refurbishing the current communal living areas and the play spaces in the Neonatal Unit. More information can be found at https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org/big-neonatal-appeal/

Sisters Fiona Carroll, of Queensbury, and Clare Boyle, of Brighouse. have set a target of running 3.4K every day for 30 days to raise money for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity’s NHS Hospital Heroes Appeal, as a thank you for the exceptional care their auntie received in the Intensive Care Unit before she sadly passed away from Covid-19 in January. 

Fiona said: “With lots of love and laughs still in her, she was taken from us very young. She was cared for and looked after by the doctors and nurses in ICU at Bradford Royal Infirmary. The nurses worked under extremely difficult circumstances but still couldn’t do enough for our auntie and her family.”

You can follow Fiona and Clare’s progress and donate at http://www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Carroll5

Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “It’s a real testament to our wonderful staff here at Bradford Teaching Hospitals that patients and families want to say thank you.

“Fiona and Clare suffered a heartbreaking loss and we all offer our sincere condolences to them and their family. The money they raise in memory of their auntie will be used to support our staff, patients and families affected by Covid-19.

“We are all thrilled to see the photos of smiling little Erik and his did Jeff running to say thank you to our staff. Erik is one of our youngest ever fundraisers!”

So far, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity has invested around £390,000 in supporting staff and patients impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has funded staff wellbeing rooms, counselling and technology to keep patients and families connected. The money has been raised by people like Fiona, Clare and Jeff, as well as larger organisations, as part of the Bradford Hospitals‘ Charity NHS Hospital Heroes appeal. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity has also benefited from grants received from NHS Charities Together.

To find out more about the NHS Hospital Heroes appeal and to donate, visit https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org/nhshospitalheroes

Jeff and Erik with his running buggy
Fiona and Clare