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NHS worker takes on world famous challenge to raise money for SCFT charity

Date: 16 September 2021

The epic and inspirational London Marathon will take place on Sunday 3 October 2021 and this year, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust's Head of Communications, Harriet Shelley, is pulling on her running shoes to raise money for our official charity.

The arduous race, which was founded in 1981, will traverse many of the city’s renowned landmarks on the 26.2 mile course. Some of the big mile markers include the Cutty Sark, The Shard, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, with a very royal mile 26 marker - Buckingham Palace.

Beginning in Greenwich for those running in person, there will also be up to 50,000 people worldwide taking up the challenge in the virtual event, picking a course of their preference. 

Harry has been running for a few years now and has already taken part in a number of races. She said: “The London Marathon has been something I’ve always wanted to do so I’m excited to join so many other runners.

"I’m really proud to be able to run the London Marathon for Sussex Community NHS charity. I get to combine two things I love – running and the NHS – for such a great cause. 

"NHS community services touch the lives of so many people, from our army of district nurses, to our health visitors, school nurses, long COVID specialists, incredible vaccination teams, specialist dental teams, community HIV services, hospital units and outstanding children’s services. We are there for people at all stages of their lives – from the very start, to the very end”.

Sussex Community NHS Charity is there to support the Trust in providing excellent care at the heart of the community. This is done by granting funds that go above and beyond what the NHS core funding provides.

With the generous support of our fantastic community, the charity can provide grants to fund more advanced equipment and facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of our patients, create family-friendly care environments and support the mental wellbeing of our staff, patients and volunteers.

We wish Harry and the rest of the runners all the very best for the race – we’re right behind you Harry (although not literally, we can’t keep up with your pace!).

If you would like to support Harry and make a donation to support your local NHS, you can visit her Virgin Money Giving page.

Visit the Sussex Community NHS Charity webpage for more information.