Marathon success for hospital phlebotomist

Nikki Tapal at the London Marathon finish line

Nikki Tapal, phlebotomy supervisor at East Surrey Hospital, completed two ambitions by crossing the finish line of the London Marathon and raising nearly £1,200 for SASH Charity to benefit patients being cared for by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH).

The 47-year-old from Caterham, who has worked at the hospital for 13 years, completed the gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards distance in five hours, nine minutes and 41 seconds on 23 April (2017).

SASH Charity supports SASH in enhancing care for patients, from art workshops for cancer patients to therapy activities patients with dementia.

Nikki said: “SASH Charity is very close to my heart both for the brilliant care close friends have received at East Surrey Hospital and through my job where I see and treat many patients during their time at SASH.

“I have been very lucky to have been given the opportunity to run the London Marathon and fulfil my lifelong ambition. It was an amazing day and my thanks go to everyone who has kindly sponsored me.”

“SASH Charity does so much unsung work, so my mission is to raise awareness about the benefit it makes to the daily experience of patients. It was worth going through the pain barrier for.”

Donate to Nikki’s fundraising page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NIKKITAPAL

Anyone can support SASH Charity through a variety of means, from quiz nights to bake-offs and five-a-side tournaments. For fundraising ideas visit our fundraising page.