The countdown is on for the Interim Chief Executive Officer at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital – who will be running the London Marathon later this year in aid of the RJAH Charity.

Stacey Keegan, a nurse by background who joined the Oswestry-based hospital in 2019, is hard at work training for the annual 26-mile race around the capital to raise money for the hospital’s charity fund.

She said: “I started running initially to improve my physical health and soon realised the benefits to my mental health – running gives me the headspace and downtime I need. I think it’s incredibly important that we all find a hobby or activity which gives us that time to destress.

“This is my first ever full marathon after taking part in my first half-marathon last October, which I really enjoyed.”

Runners who pledge their support to the RJAH Charity must commit to raise at least £1,500 which will support research and develop new treatments, provide state of the art equipment and facilities, and provide extra comfort.

Stacey added: “As well as training, I have some ideas for fundraising events that I could organise, including a pub quiz.

“I’m incredibly proud to do my bit to raise money for the RJAH Charity – I know that all our staff provide an excellent service to patients and money raised will only enhance this experience for both patients and staff.”

As well as Stacey, another 26 people – made up of staff and members of the local community – will be part of Team RJAH on Sunday 2 October.

Victoria Sugden, Charity Director, said: “The London Marathon is the biggest fundraiser on the calendar and all runners play a massive part in enabling us to provide the best possible support to patients and staff at RJAH.

“We are delighted that Stacey will be taking part in the event and raising money for the RJAH Charity.”

If anyone would like to donate to Stacey’s fundraising, they can do so by clicking here.

Pictured: Stacey Keegan.