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Support the neonatal and paediatric units

08 July 2009

Join the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon on Sunday 13 September in Richmond Park, and help to raise money for the neonatal and paediatric units at the hospital.

Join the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon on Sunday 13 September in Richmond Park, and help to raise money for the neonatal and paediatric units at the hospital.

You don’t have to be an experienced athlete to take part as there are three entry levels to the run-bike-run challenge. The 2008 London Duathlon inspired Lorraine Bewes, the Trust’s Director of Finance, to get fit and was a great opportunity to raise funds for the hospital at the same time.

Lorraine comments: “The day itself was spectacular and I felt a great sense of personal achievement to make it round the course. It is definitely something you can do at your own pace. My approach was that I would complete it even if it meant power walking it—you don’t have to run the whole thing!”

The Duathlon has changed her approach to life and, after feeling the benefits of just a little bit of regular exercise, Lorraine now runs twice a week.

The Charity is delighted to be supporting the neonatal and paediatric units, so this year why not make it your mission to get fit and save children’s lives?

To find out more call Kelly Taylor on x6619 or email duathlon@chelwestcharity.org.uk.

Lorraine’s Top Tips

Get a buddy. Find someone who is also taking part—or sign up with a friend. It’s great to have someone to motivate you. You will be less likely to skip training sessions if you know you would be letting someone down. It’s also much more fun.

You may feel that you don’t have time to train—so use lunchtimes or take 30 minutes after work to go for a run.

Join the hospital running club! It starts from the front of St Stephen’s Centre at 5:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nathan Brown (Main Theatres)

“I’m using the event to motivate me to get fitter. To be able to raise money for a cause that is close to all our hearts—one where we can actually see the impact of the funds raised from day one, be it in the equipment we purchase or amongst the patients that are treated—makes doing this event even more worthwhile.”