GP set to run his 50th marathon to raise money for mental health
Dr Mike Ingram, a GP in Radlett in Hertfordshire and former chair of the LMCs Conference, is due to run his 50th marathon later this month.
Dr Ingram is running the London Marathon raising money for the Samaritans mental health charity, in memory of his nephew who tragically died by suicide one year ago.
Dr Ingram says his ability to keep running is helped by the enormous support of his patients, who sponsor him at every event.
So far he said he has averaged between £8,000-£10,000 each year due to his patients’ generosity for the various charities he has run for.
To date this year, Dr Ingram and his running mates - his son, son-in-law and nephew - have raised 68% of a £15,000 target, thanks to 139 supporters.
Dr Ingram said: 'The fact that we will be raising money for the Samaritans reflects the tragedy [of] last year. In fact the very day after I completed the 2017 London Marathon, my 18-year-old nephew took his own life.
'Suddenly the issue of teenage mental health and the devastating, unbelievable depths that suicide brings to all who encounter it was real and raw.'
The team said if the money raised 'can save even one teenage life, save one family from the devastation of a suicide it will be all worthwhile'.
Dr Ingram, who is due to retire from his GP partnership after 31 years, added: 'Please help us run together and avert the tragedy we have experienced, from happening to others.
'We are asking you to dig deep and help us to support this very special charity and the families that would be left devastated without them.'
You can sponsor Dr Ingram via this link
The Samaritans charity is available for support on preventing suicide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.