One entrant looking forward to the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday 12 July is Kate Granger. The 33-year-old doctor with Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2011. Kate's cancer is inoperable.
While battling her illness Kate launched a massively successful campaign to improve patient care. When receiving treatment in hospital she was struck by the number of staff looking after her who did not introduce themselves before delivering care.
Convinced that such a simple introduction built trust and was 'the first rung on the ladder to providing compassionate care,' Dr Granger launched #hellomynameis, a social media campaign that struck a chord with healthcare workers and patients across the country and left her inundated with messages of support. Hospitals and health organisations have pledged to support the campaign which, despite her illness, Kate continues to promote.
Kate has said: “I would so love to be remembered not as that poor young doctor who died of cancer before her time but as someone who inspired change towards truly person-centred healthcare for everyone.”
She also set herself the target of raising £50,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds. Within two years £100,000 had been raised and now the target is £250,000. The appeal total currently stands at just over £155,000.
Illness permitting Kate with her husband, Chris, will join thousands of other entrants in the Asda Foundation 10K, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All. Kate said: “It’s likely to be more of a walk than a run but we’ll give it a good go. I’m looking forward to taking part and soaking up the special atmosphere out there.”
Other fundraisers undertaken since Kate’s diagnosis have included overcoming her fear of heights to take part in a 10,000ft tandem skydive, fulfilling a long-held ambition to play a concerto with an orchestra, Big Bake sales at St James’s Hospital’s Bexley Wing and, with Chris, completing a Jane Tomlinson Walk For All 13 mile event in the Lake District in 2012. Chris has also tackled the 96-mile West Highland Way and a tough trek on the Great Wall of China.
To join Kate and Chris on the 10K start line in Leeds on 12 July go to the Run For All website.
To support Kate Granger’s fundraising visit the Just Giving website.