The Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) went above and beyond the call of duty to personally thank his staff for all that they have done during the pandemic by running a marathon in aid of them.

Within a few weeks of signing up to the Trust’s dedicated charity’s Go the Distance challenge, Miles Scott was pounding the streets between the Trust’s two hospital sites – running a total distance of 28.75 miles in under 4 hours!

His remarkable efforts resulted in the £10,000 fundraising target being met with every penny raised going towards welfare initiatives to help support staff.

His challenge on Wednesday 15 July saw him set off from Crowborough Birthing Centre, before heading to Tunbridge Wells Hospital, then onto the Trust’s Healthcare Records base at Paddock Wood and finally crossing the finishing line at Maidstone Hospital.

To keep motivation levels high along the route, Miles was joined by his colleagues, Chief of Surgery Greg Lawton who cycled the entire distance, Head of Strategy and System Integration Bob Cook, Non-Executive Director Michael Finn and Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Alex Slack who all ran various legs of the journey with him.

Whilst running through Tunbridge Wells town centre, Miles was also joined by colleagues from the Trust’s Intensive Care Unit who have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including Ilona Cassar, Clare Chew, Lorenzo Gacuma and Sian Catt.

And it wasn’t just the CEO who wanted a piece of the action. Other teams across MTW NHS Trust have also taken part in their own challenges including IT colleagues running a 10k distance from Maidstone Hospital to Magnitude House in Aylesford.

Mr Scott, said: “It really was a fantastic day and the support at each of our sites from colleagues across the Trust made it such a special event.

“Every penny that we’ve raised will go towards improving facilities for our teams at MTW, helping to go a small way towards thanking them for all of the truly amazing work they have done and are still doing to support our patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I would just like to say thank you to everyone for their support, not only in helping us reach our fundraising target but also for everything that have done to show their appreciation in the last five months.”

Supporters are able to get involved with Go The Distance challenge up until Friday 31 July. For more details visit https://www.mtw.nhs.uk/get-involved/fundraising/mtw-go-the-distance/

Donations can also be made by texting MTWGTD to 70085 to gift £10 or by visiting: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/mtw-fundraisinggothedistance