San­tas get char­ity year up and run­ning

Fa­ther Christ­mas race the start of man’s mis­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A YEAR of fundrais­ing for Hare­field Hos­pi­tal will be kicked off with a char­ity Santa dash

Nigel Fisher, from Ger­rards Cross, is tak­ing on a year of run­ning chal­lenges for Hare­field Hos­pi­tal to say thank you for the ”great” care his fa­ther re­ceived.

Nigel will kick start his fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing ef­forts with the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity Santa Dash on Sun­day De­cem­ber 4, 10am un­til 2pm, at Ruis­lip Lido.

After tak­ing part in a “few” triathlons ear­lier this year, Nigel signed up to the Wey­mouth Half Iron Man in the sum­mer. He was so in­spired by the ex­pe­ri­ence that, as he passed the fin­ish line, he promised his dad that he would make the next 12 months, the run up to his 50th birth­day, a time to raise funds for Hare­field.

Nigel said: “Hare­field took great care of my fa­ther, ev­ery­one was kind to him. It was amaz­ing. One of the phys­ios in par­tic­u­lar worked pa­tiently with him to try and get some move­ment out of him, even if it was just one or two turns on a bi­cy­cle. In a strange way, these small vic­to­ries for my dad en­abled him to keep his hu­mil­ity and to achieve some­thing in his last days, no mat­ter how sim­ple.”

Nigel has se­cured a place in the London marathon and has just en­tered a half iron man in Mal­lorca in May and a full iron man in Barcelona in Oc­to­ber. He will run all three in mem­ory of his fa­ther.

He said: “It wouldn’t be right un­less I kicked it off with a spe­cial event.

“I have en­tered the Santa Dash and have asked for as many as my sup­port­ers to join me as pos­si­ble.”

All money raised at the Santa Dash will go to­wards the hos­pi­tal’s ‘Build­ing for Brighter Fu­tures’ project to ex­tend the in­ten­sive care unit at Hare­field by six rooms, al­low­ing for an ad­di­tional 250 pa­tients to be treated there each year.

Par­tic­i­pants can ei­ther sign up on­line or head to Ruis­lip Lido at 10.30am on the day of the event to reg­is­ter.

HO HO GO: Nigel Fisher’s pre­par­ing to kick off a year of fundrais­ing with a Santa Dash

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