Santas get charity year up and running
Father Christmas race the start of man’s mission
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