DHU Contributes to Marathon Effort for Nottinghamshire Hospice

On October 19th DHU Health Care was proud to welcome Nottinghamshire Hospice to their Head Office in Derby to present the charity with a cheque for £500.

Running (or flying) a London marathon might be easy if you’re Superman, but doing it whilst recovering from long Covid is a different matter altogether. That was the unenviable task that Bryan Hucknall, DHU Health Care’s Head of PMO, set himself to raise essential funds for Nottingham Hospice.

At the start of October Bryan completed the ‘virtual’ London Marathon in Nottingham dressed up as Superman and in doing so raised over 2k for Nottinghamshire Hospice. The Hospice is the leading charitable provider of palliative and end of life care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. They care for terminally ill patients in their own homes – enabling them to be at home with family around them at the end of their lives.

Speaking about the event, Bryan said: “My first ever marathon was a tiring, fun and emotional run.  It was in memory of my mum who died in December 2021 from Pancreatic Cancer, to raise money for the Nottinghamshire Hospice who helped care for my mum in the last few weeks of her life and a distance I’d never attempted (even before COVID had damaged one of my lungs!).


Bryan with his London marathon award

The virtual London Marathon was about “#YourRunYourWay”, so I planned my own route to take in the Nottinghamshire Hospice and as many of their charity shops as I could. I often stopped to talk with people, chat with other runners doing the run their way and to take photos. The posters and messages the charity shops had left me in their windows to spur me on were brilliant.

Thank you to everyone who supported, sponsored and believed in me. I’d especially like to thank my workplace DHU Health Care for sponsoring me £500 and Nottinghamshire Hospice for getting so much media exposure to help between us all raise over £2,200 for the Nottinghamshire Hospice. I’d definitely do it again, in fact I’ve already entered the London Marathon 2022 ballot – so fingers crossed!”

Rebecca Taylor, Community Fundraiser for Nottinghamshire Hospice, received the cheque from DHU Health Care’s CEO Stephen Bateman and said: “We’re so grateful to the team at DHU Health Care for supporting Bryan and the hospice. Their donation will help us care for more patients in those last weeks of life and support their families. It means a lot to us to receive this sort of recognition from another leading healthcare provider.

“We’re really impressed and grateful to Bryan for his amazing achievement.”

Stephen Bateman, CEO of DHU Health Care said: “Completing a marathon is a challenge at the best of times, but doing one under such difficult circumstances is a tremendous achievement. Bryan really displays our CARE values with the effort he has made to raise money for Nottingham Hospice and we are proud to support a cause which is so close to his heart.”

If you’d like to support Bryan, his fundraising page is here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BryanHucknall