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Southampton Hospitals Charity set up virtual swim, bike, run


Raising money for new recovery facilities in the intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton, the Race for a Million is a virtual triathlon taking place over a variety of distances throughout May.

As the name suggests, the aim of the challenge is to raise £1 million pounds for a specialist rehabilitation area, palliative care suite, relatives’ quiet room and staff waiting room within the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Entry costs £15, with participants in the challenge having three options to choose from to complete and having the month of May to achieve them.

This means that whichever challenge entrants select, they will be able to complete the swim, bike, run distance in a way that suits them whether all in one go or spread across the month a little bit at a time, there’s even the opportunity to take part in a team.

The intensive care unit has treated hundreds of patients with Covid-19 symptoms for weeks and even months at a time, as well as accepting patient transfers from other hospitals.

Southampton Hospitals Charity raises charitable funds for University Hospital Southampton which is the south coast’s leading healthcare provider, helping the hospital to support patients, relatives and staff.

One former patient is Claire Danson, who was transferred to University Hospital Southampton following a crash with a tractor whilst on a training bike ride in 2019.

A European triathlon champion, Danson suffered life-changing injuries which left her paralysed from the waist down. Speaking about the challenge, she said:

“My family was told there was a strong chance I wouldn’t survive, but it’s thanks to the amazing team in the intensive care unit at Southampton that I am here. They literally saved my life. I encourage you to sign up for the triathlon, take part, and have a great race.”

Participants are encouraged to fundraise through the challenge and all entrants will receive a bespoke medal, with entry through the button below.


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