A CONSULTANT from St Richard’s Hospital will run a half-marathon for the Friends of Chichester Hospitals.
Bronwyn Middleton will run the race in her home country, South Africa, on April 19.
She has chosen the hospital charity to show her appreciation of the funding given by the Friends of Chichester Hospitals to her women’s clinic.
Bronwyn has been able to start a clinic offering outpatient treatment such as hysteroscopy to her patients as a result of Friends of Chichester Hospitals’ support.
The new state-of-the art machinery, which was purchased with help from the Friends, shows images of the womb and helps to diagnose fertility problems.
Treatment can be given immediately – without an anaesthetic and a hospital stay, saving time and anxiety for the patient and her family.
“I just wanted to put something back, and show how much I and my colleagues appreciate what the Friends have done to help us to introduce better facilities and treatment,” said Bronwyn, who comes from South Africa, but has been in the UK for more than ten years.
“The half-marathon is a personal challenge, and a way for me to make a difference and support an important women’s health initiative.”
She will run the Two Oceans half marathon on Easter Saturday, and it is renowned for its spectacular views and testing terrain.
The charity’s chairman, Jane Ramage, said: “The Friends are delighted to be working with Bronwyn and wish her well for the marathon.
“It’s quite a challenge, and we really appreciate her support.”
The Friends have supported several significant improvements to facilities for maternity and women’s services at St Richard’s in the past few years.
If anyone would like to sponsor Bronwyn, and support the Friends of Chichester Hospitals, visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/friends2oceansbronwyn