Doctor swops her stethoscope for running shoes
When thousands of people journey to Newcastle this September to take on the iconic Great North Run, among them will be one of our own local doctors, Dr Christine Bradley.
Soon to retire after 30 years as a GP in Bletchley, Dr Bradley decided to mark this milestone in her life by doing something she has never done before - a half-marathon, to raise funds for Willen Hospice.
"During my time as a GP, I have seen the incredible work done by Willen Hospice to support and care for many patients and friends with cancer and other end of life conditions. As a thank you to the charity I am seeking to raise as much money as possible by running the Great North Run on 9 September 2018."
Despite battling a chronic hamstring tendinopathy, an achilles tendinitis and a sprained ankle, she is determined to complete the run.
"I have been amazed at the support I have received! Unrelated to my run, I recently held a tea party for my patients as a retirement 'goodbye' and afterwards when I was opening their farewell cards (some beautifully handcrafted), I was overwhelmed to find over £300 in cash gifts towards my Willen Hospice sponsorship.
"In addition, I have received more than £3000 in sponsorship on my Justgiving page alone. Thank you to everyone for spurring me on to achieve this for Willen Hospice."
We wish Dr Christine all the best for a successful injury-free run!
Willen Hospice needs £9 a minute to continue offering its palliative care to people in and around Milton Keynes.
And we have an update! Dr Christine successfully completed her run and we were delighted to see this photo from the day.