Finance worker Gurjit Chahal is hoping to generate a lot of interest in his fundraising bid as he prepares to run Birmingham International Marathon next weekend for Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity.
Gurjit, who has worked for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for six years and for the NHS since 2002, is taking on the 26-mile challenge to boost funds for the Manor Hospital’s Emergency Department.
The father-of-one is a keen supporter of the charity, which buys items above and beyond what the NHS can provide, and wanted to do something to benefit the busy ED.
“Lots of patients use our ED but they’re in and out, on to different wards or discharged. I’d like to raise money for the department so that our patients benefit and also so that my hard working colleagues feel that their area is appreciated too,” explained Gurjit, who is a Divisional Business Accountant for Medicine and Long Term Conditions.
“I have taken up running over the last five years as it helps with my health and fitness and I have found it a good way to keep my weight in check – I was a bit podgier a few years ago!”
The 39-year-old has taken part in Walsall Rotary Club’s Fun Run in the Arboretum for the last two years’ running to raise money for Well Wishers and is busy building up his distance for his marathon attempt on Sunday 15 October.
“I’ve done park runs and am now going out as often as possible in the Wolverhampton area to increase my distance,” said Gurjit.
“I hope people will sponsor me because it’s for such a good cause. I know that the Well Wishers charity has raised money for patients living with dementia in the past as well as to buy active birthing beds for our maternity services and it has also funded the refurbishment of our sensory room on the children’s ward so it really does make a difference. Please help me make a difference in ED.”
To make a donation please visit Gurjit’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gurjit-chahal
Georgie Westley, Trust Fundraising Manager, added: “We wish Gurjit all the best and think he’s a star for clocking up 26 miles in the name of Well Wishers. We want to put the money he raises towards refurbishing the relatives’ room in ED.”