A 46 year old Sue Ryder doctor and Cambridge GP will be swapping his scrubs and stethoscope for a running vest and pair of trainers to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon tomorrow (3 October 2021).
Dr Nick Green, who is speciality doctor at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire and a GP in south east Cambridge, will be running in memory of patients he has cared for at the hospice and to raise funds so the palliative, neurological and bereavement care charity can be there for more families when it matters.
Dr Nick, as he is known by his colleagues at Sue Ryder, caught the running bug when taking part in Park Run, then progressed to a 10k race, then a half marathon.
Wanting to raise funds to support the families he cares for Dr Nick decided to go all in and enter the London Marathon. With the run now just around the corner, Dr Nick hopes the full 26.2 mile course won’t prove a step too far. He said:
“Running has been really good for my mental wellbeing, but I have to say the last month has seen the training really increase, so I have found things much harder.
“Trying to fit the longer runs and combining training with my work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and the GP surgery has become a real challenge.
“It has also become more of a mental challenge too. Can I do this? Can I get round?
“The pandemic has increased pressures and responsibilities for so many people in both their home and professional lives, but we have navigated through it and I am really looking forward to the London Marathon being a real celebration of everything we’ve achieved.
“When people ask me what time I have in mind to complete the marathon in I say I want to have the best time I can out on the course. I really want to enjoy it.”
Dr Nick said it was his love of working at Sue Ryder, and the care that is given to patients, that inspired him to run and raise funds.
“There are so many things I love about Sue Ryder. I love the team I am part of. And I love the fact that we are able to make a tangible difference to patients and their families. Finally, I love that we can deliver healthcare in the way that it should be delivered. Sue Ryder’s care is truly holistic and very patient centred.
“Huge thanks to my wife Kate and my three daughters who have supported me every step of the way and have given me their blessing to go out running and put all the training in.
“When I cross that finish I think I’ll feel really pleased and relieved to have done it. I might also feel like I need a leg transplant!
“There’s a 50% chance I might cry too – cry that I have actually done it and done it in memory of all those I have helped care for at Sue Ryder.”
Through his London Marathon Dr Nick hopes to raise £2,000 for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and is half way there already. To donate please visit his Just Giving page.
For more information on Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/stjohn.