Giltbrook marathon runner to raise cash for vital QMC helipad

Steven Henaghan
Steven Henaghan

Fitness-phobe Stephen Henaghan is to run the London Marathon to help raise funds for a hospital charity.

The 37-year-old from the Pastures in Giltbrook has been training since August, running the journey home from work most days.

Working as a Major Trauma Centre (MTC) administrator at Queen’s Medical Centre that clocks in at around seven miles a day and all to raise money for a new helipad at the centre.

But he is the first to admit he hasn’t exactly taken to running like a duck to water.

He said: “I am not a runner - I dislike running.

“I would rather miss a bus and wait for the next than run to the bus stop.”

So the self-professed “fitness-phobe” is making quite a sacrifice has he gets ready for the London Marathon in April.

“The hardest thing is finding time,” he adds.

With 8am starts and wife, Aimee, 31, at home with two-year-old Archie, there is a lot to fit in the day.

“My wife child minds all day, so she can’t wait to get rid of him when I get home.

“Finding time to train has been a big problem and running straight from the hospital after work means I get home in time to spend an hour with Archie before bed.”

But staying motivated continues to be a problem. He had a short break over Christmas which turned into a long hiatus, and is now back on track with the aid of a blog to stay focused and phone apps to track his progress.

But mostly the cause is a good one, and as a member of staff Steve see’s first-hand the amazing work that the MTC does to save lives.

“At the moment air ambulances have to land at the university and it can take 20 minutes to get them from the helicopter to the hospital. The department deals with the most seriously injured patients, and a helipad would shorten that journey to three-five minutes, so obviously in a life-and-death situation that would be huge.”

Jenny Wing, head of fundraising at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “It’s wonderful to see members of hospital staff getting behind the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal and doing all they can to raise money to make the helipad a reality. As a non-runner we really appreciate the huge challenge Steve has taken on.

“We wish him the very best of luck on the day. We hope people in Steve’s local community will support him by making a donation via his online fundraising page for this extremely worthy cause.”

QMC’s Major Trauma Centre treats the most seriously injured patients, involved in road traffic collisions, falls and occasionally stabbings.

1,600 patients were treated by the centre last year.

11 per cent of patients were brought in by air ambulance.

A helipad can cut ambulance journey times by 15 minutes, making a crucial difference in life-threatening situations.

An on-site helipad will mean countless more patients will be brought to the hospital by helicopter

Donate to steve at savinglives.everydayhero.com/uk/stephenhenaghan.