Man breaks charity record

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Eastwood man Mark McGraw broke a record with the amount he raised for Nottingham City Hospital Charity after running a marathon.

Mark raised £3,000 for the charity after running the Robin Hood Marathon – the highest total it has ever received from an individual taking part in the event.

The money Mark raised went to the Charity’s Prostate Cancer Appeal, to provide equipment and research into the disease.

Mark, who suffered the disease himself, said: “I wanted to help people in the same situation. Until you’ve experienced it, you don’t realise how many people it affects.

“Running a marathon was something brand new for me.

“I had never done it before, and it was difficult but I was determined to do it. I was hoping to raise £1,000 but as time went on, people just kept donating. I was gobsmacked!”

He handed over the cheque to Mr Owen Cole, the Urology Consultant at the City Hospital who treated him.

Mr Cole said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Mark for raising such a fantastic amount of money for the Prostate Cancer Appeal. This money will help make a real difference to the treatment of prostate cancer patients in Nottingham.”

Mark plans to run the Robin Hood Half Marathon again this year, in aid of the Prostate Cancer Appeal.

If you would like to run this year’s Robin Hood Half Marathon in aid of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, call 0115 962 7905, or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk, for more information and a fundraising pack.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity exists to benefit patients, staff and facilities at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s City Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre and Ropewalk House campuses.

Donations help us provide the added extras that make a real difference to patient care at Nottingham’s hospitals, such as specialist equipment, improved facilities, medical research and staff development programmes.

To find out more about Nottingham Hospitals Charity or to make a donation, please go to www.nuhcharity.org.uk.