Hospital thanks marathon fundraisers

A special ceremony has been held this week to congratulate runners who supported Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability by running this year's marathons in London and Rome

The ceremony was held at the hospital which is a national medical charity based in Putney.

This year the Royal Hospital was supported by 20 people in the London Marathon on April 13th and one person who ran the 26.2-mile distance in Rome. In total the team raised approximately £45,000, exceeding the target by £10,000. They also received £1000 in sponsorship from Russell Cooke Solicitors, which paid for running vests and other costs.

Three Putney residents were among those honoured at the ceremony. Kate Caseley was the fastest woman in the team and completed the course in 4hrs 9mins, raising £3000. Kate Caseley (pictured right) was supported throughout her training by her husband and five children. She was also sponsored by local businesses Buckley's Butchers on Lower Richmond Road, Snappy Snaps on the High Street and This was her first marathon.

Stuart Arnott, an Operations Manager for Intel, ran his second London Marathon for the hospital in 5hrs 11mins, raising £1250. Team Captain Lolo Leyenda ran his 15th marathon in aid of the hospital in 4hrs 56mins. He has worked at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability for 30 years and is the Catering Storeman. With the help of hospital resident Deirdre Tydd and his church, Our Lady & St Peter's, Lolo raised over £7000.

Peter Franklyn, Royal Hospital Chief Executive, made presentations to all the runners at the event. He said: "Running a marathon is a great achievement and we are very proud that so many people chose to support the Royal Hospital in this way. As a charity we rely on public support, so huge thanks go to all the runners and those who supported them, especially our sponsors, Russell Cooke."

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a national medical charity based in Putney, southwest London. It specialises in assessing and rehabilitating adults with traumatic brain injuries and provides both treatment and long-term care for people with severe and complex neurological conditions, including Huntington's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.

May 16, 2003

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