London Marathon runner raises money for Basildon Hospital’s children’s departments
MARTIN Leslie, head of upper school at Beauchamps High School in Wickford, raised £3716.75 by completing the London Marathon in 4hours 38minutes.
Running the marathon had always been an ambition of Martin’s. Seeing the runners complete the marathon on TV had inspired him to apply seven years ago. He missed out on a ballot place six times, this year was his year.
Martin’s daughter, Olivia was born at Basildon Hospital last year and needed treatment by the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The high quality care she received is the reason he chose to run the marathon and raise money for The Polly Parrot Appeal, which is part of Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals charity.
His nephew Tommy, was also admitted last year immediately after birth. Martin commended the NICU for the outstanding care his family have received. Tommy’s parents lived in Polly’s Pad, a house which provides living facilities for families with children in Basildon hospital.
Polly’s Pad is funded by The Polly Parrot Appeal and enabled the parents to live on the premises while Tommy was receiving 24/7 monitoring and care.
Martin said, “The work the NICU do on a daily basis is incredible and our family will be forever in their debt for their support at a time we needed it most.
“The marathon is an incredible experience, an atmosphere like no other. I have never been so proud of myself. I’ve experienced many sporting achievements in the past, but this tops it all.
“My body is still recovering, but seeing all the money raised is incredible.”
Clair Grayston, fundraising co-ordinator at Basildon Hospital said, “This will make such a tremendous difference to our neonatal intensive care unit, by providing the reading area and also covers two months’ worth of running costs for Polly’s Pad.”