Marathon Countdown: Dan's Story

12 Mar 2018

Not one to let the Beast from the East stop him, Paediatric Physiotherapist Dan is training hard for this year's Virgin Money London Marathon, and is well on track to raise £2,500 for The Royal London Hospital where he works.

Dan embraced the chance to run for us in this year’s Marathon to raise funds for new equipment that will help the children he works with each day. 

He has worked at Barts Health NHS Trust since 2016 and currently works with inpatient and outpatients from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Critical Care Unit, rheumatology clinics and musculoskeletal gym classes. Being based in a referral centre for trauma and other specialties, Dan and his team see a lot of patients!

“When you factor in that half of our local Tower Hamlet’s children live in poverty, it is important that we are well prepared to help as many children as possible,” he says.

Each year, children’s therapies benefit from fundraising such as Dan’s, helping them to be proactive in improving care and patient outcomes. For example, last year they benefited from donated iPads and Kindles that allow staff to be more efficient and work remotely. 

Dan is climbing ever closer to his fundraising target of £2,500, and plans to spread any money raised across paediatric therapies to support the hospital visits of as many children as possible.

All weather training

Dan and his training pals were all set to run the Bath Half in preparation for the big day, until it was unfortunately cancelled due to ‘The Beast from the East’. Not to be deterred, he and a friend ran an unofficial half on the day regardless!

The run up to April 22nd

Naturally, Dan has some concerns about the marathon: “I am worried that I may set off too quickly too early and end up hitting an unforgiving wall!  Alternatively, I live in fear of the beast from the east making a comeback and making the 26 miles even more gruelling.”

Dan is most looking forward to the taper, the finish line and seeing his friends, families and any support en route.

We wish you loads of luck Dan, we’ll be cheering for you on the day!

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