Junior doctor runs marathon on his way home from a shift to raise money for PPE

Andrea Gaini
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From Runner's World

When things get tough, Dr Togher gets running. Dr Kieran Togher, 25, ran a marathon on his way home from a shift at the hospital, in an attempt to raise money for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

On Wednesday 3 June, with only three weeks of training under his belt, Togher laced up his running shoes and ran 26.3 miles to his home in Enfield.

He has now raised over £4,000 for the COVID Crisis Rescue UK, a small charity run by two doctors who are raising money to provide more PPE to frontline healthcare staff.



After the challenge he said to The Guardian: ‘I am grateful for the support, not only from my nearest and dearest but also people who have no idea who I am.

‘Unfortunately, due to years of neglect, we have been caught short in our supplies of PPE by the coronavirus pandemic. Even senior consultants have been driven to using makeshift PPE for protection, or worse, have had nothing at all,’ he explained his reasons to take on this challenge.

He also added: ‘We have already lost several healthcare professionals across the country, including Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a young nurse at Luton & Dunstable hospital where I work, who has left behind a husband and new-born child.’

Togher explained that the COVID Crisis Rescue UK was, 'a small group, joint organised by a doctor, undertaking an inspiring operation to get PPE to where it's needed, bypassing the bureaucracy and red tape that has been hampering efforts across the country. This is not just to hospitals, but to overlooked healthcare centres, including domestic abuse shelters, care homes, hospices and ambulance services. Their work is especially important as larger charities, such as NHS Charities Together, are not currently targeting the demand for PPE.'

A seriously impressive achievement!

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