The London Marathon was a wonderful chance to raise funds for a good cause
Letter from Dr Shahib Ali, a GP in Tower Hamlets, London
Salman and I are both GPs. Whilst I work exclusively in Tower Hamlets in various roles, including salaried GP at the Harley Grove Medical Centre, Salman does occasional work in this bustling, vibrant inner city area. We both grew up in Tower Hamlets, however.
We have both done marathons before and discussed what charity we should jointly run for. It did not take us long at all to decide to run for St Joseph’s Hospice, which provides an amazing service to those terminally unwell in our borough as well as to the primary care clinicians.
We have both experienced the inspirational work of the hospice - in Salman’s case also in his personal life - and it was a wonderful chance to raise much needed funds for them.
We both had different trajectories to marathon day - I had the blessing of remaining fit and training well whilst Salman sadly struggled with injuries. He stayed resolute, nonetheless. I managed to finish in 03:30:42 and Salman crossed over in 05:24:49 - PBS for the pair of us! Please feel free to donate at the following site: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SalmanUddin-ShahibAli
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