Team runs to help hospital that saved Caroline's life

August 24 2018
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A team of runners from the Bristol Heart Institute have raised almost £7,000 by taking on a 24-hour running challenge.

Led by Redland resident Caroline Evans, a physiotherapist at the BHI, the team of 32 runners took on the Cotswold 24-Hour Race to raise money for Above & Beyond, the charity for Bristol city centre hospitals.

The funds raised will go towards the BHI Appeal, which is aiming to raise a total of £830,000 for the hospital.

Caroline said: “The BHI is not only my place of work as a physiotherapist, which is very important to me, but it has come to be my saviour as a patient too.  Last year I had an emergency admission to the Cardiac Care Unit in the BHI after collapsing from an arrhythmia. I was treated and cared for by colleagues and friends some of which are running the event with me.I cannot thank everyone enough for all the care, treatment and support I have been given. My life and that of my family’s would be very different if it wasn’t for the BHI. I have learnt a great deal from my time as a patient and this has helped me as a clinician to deliver better care to my patients.”

The race took place on August 4 and 5, and involved members of the team taking it in turns to run laps of the course. Together the BHI team completed 114 laps of 5.6 miles each – a total of 614 miles.

Caroline said: “The conditions were far from favourable with 28 degree heat and the course was challenging.  

“Although there was a good competitive spirit the weekend wasn't about blasting out PB's and winning - every single member of Team BHI rose to the challenge with gusto, a huge smile and a lot of laughing.  

“The team work and camaraderie was incredible, with individuals walking solo at night through the woods so that their team members could get some rest.

“It was an absolute honour to be part of the fantastic and fun Team BHI and there are too many incredible team members to talk about.   Our coach, my four-year-old daughter Isla, was delighted with her team and was always happy to give cuddles no matter how sweaty her team was!

“We went away as colleagues and came back as good friends and I am honoured that so many of my colleagues and friends from the BHI joined me for the 24 hour race to raise money for the appeal.”

Lydia McGivern, Above & Beyond community fundraising officer, said: “It was amazing to see so many staff from the BHI come together to raise money for the appeal.

“They were really dedicated to their training, even during the heatwave, and they’ve raised an amazing amount.”

Anyone interested in fundraising fan find out more on the website or email Lydia.mcgivern@aboveandbeyond.org.uk.