Sonifex MD to Run for Charity
Jul 19, 2005 8:00 AM
Sonifex’s Marcus Brooke, MD, is running the Great North Run and Great South Run to raise money to build a new children's hospital near the grounds of the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) in Oxford, U.K. Brooke’s daughter Georgia had open-heart surgery at the JR. A stroke during recovery from the operation left her paralyzed on the left side. Brooke attributes much of her almost-total recovery to the care she received at JR.
Brooke comments: "I'm running to raise money for a new Children's Hospital which is being built near the grounds of the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) in Oxford, U.K. My daughter Georgia had open-heart surgery at the JR and unfortunately, during her recovery from the operation, she had a stroke, which left her paralyzed on the left side. She's made a miraculous and almost total recovery, a lot of which can be attributed to the fantastic care which she received at JR.
"Georgia was admitted to the main hospital because there is no children's hospital in Oxford currently. However, the Oxford Children's Hospital Campaign are building a new children's hospital near JR and need charitable funds to build it."
The new hospital will be a purpose-built center of excellence for children's services bringing local pediatric care facilities together under one roof. Fifty percent of the project is being built entirely from charitable donations and so far, they have raised £7.7 million. They need £15 million to complete the project in January 2007.
The Great North Run is a half marathon in Newcastle on Sept. 18, 2005, and the Great South Run is a 10-mile run in Portsmouth on Oct. 9, 2005.
Brooke adds: "Some people might not regard these as long distances, but for someone who hadn't run more than four miles before starting this training, it is quite a challenge! Also, both the runs are shortly after IBC so I'm looking forward to some of the comments I'll receive at the show. Plus, I'll have to take it easy on the alcohol at the exhibition — a sober IBC will make a change!"
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/marcusbrooke. Donating through this site is simple, fast, and totally secure. The Oxford Children's Hospital Campaign receives your money directly and, if you are a U.K. taxpayer, an extra 28 percent in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you. Alternatively, checks made out to the "Oxford Children's Hospital Campaign" can be sent to Sonifex.