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Black Country nurse helps raise £10,000 for health trust

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Health | Published:

A nurse in the Black Country has joined a running challenge with her friends and family to raise a total of £10,000 for a health trust.

Nelam Kumari took on the running challenge with her friends and family. Photo: RWT

Nelam Kumari, from Oxley in Wolverhampton, took part in the 48-hour runathon to fundraise for the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).

The 48-year-old, who works in the Cardiothoracic and ICCU wards at New Cross Hospital, took on the challenge with runners from Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club.

Kellie Green, a close friend of the mother-of-two from the club, thought of the idea where runners could hand over a virtual baton to the next runner.

She said: "We wanted to support Nelam and the rest of the New Cross Hospital staff and we wondered what we could do as a small gesture to say thank you.

"We love running and it’s certainly good for your mental health too.”

Participants paid £5 to run a minimum of five kilometres – with Nelam being one of 45 members who completed the challenge.

Nelam added: "Kellie is more than a friend – she is an amazing individual who wears her heart on her sleeve.

"She contacted me and told me what she was going to do. My running family came out to support me with whistles and horns and they met me at the finishing line to say a big thank you.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank them for what they have done for the NHS and also for the support they have given mentally and physically."

The fundraiser was backed by the Steve Bull Foundation – with £10,145 raised for the Wolverhampton health trust in total.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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