Mr Pisal’s back to back marathon challenge; two in two weeks charity fundraiser
Women’s health is at the heart of London Gynaecology, and in addition to helping women every day in our practice, we are passionate about giving back and supporting charitable causes, especially those that support women and women’s health. Every year we focus on fundraising for charities close to our heart and those that aid women and gynaecological health.
We are delighted to share that our Consultant Gynaecologist, Mr Narendra Pisal, will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021 and the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 10th October to raise funds that will be shared between women’s health services at The Whittington Hospital and also The MND Association. For every pound raised, London Gynaecology is proud to match the first £5,000 of donations raised.
The charities that have been chosen this year are close to the heart of London Gynaecology and Mr Pisal; the women’s health services at The Whittington Hospital where Mr Pisal has worked for the last 17 years in the department of gynaecological oncology and The MND Association, whose work improves care and support to those affected by motor neurone disease. Mr Pisal first became aware of The MND association charity through his friend Nilesh, Mr Pisal reveals, “Nilesh was diagnosed with MND, he is staying strong but we know it is important to raise awareness of the condition as he would like to raise funds to support much needed new research.”
Mr Pisal continues: “This fundraiser is incredibly important as the money raised will be split between both The Whittington Hospital to improve women’s health at the trust and to the dedicated charity The MND Association; both will benefit hugely from donations at this incredibly challenging time.”
Not content with running one marathon, shortly after completing the London Marathon, Mr Pisal will be heading north a few days later to take part in the Manchester Marathon, on a route that will cover the City Centre for the first time. Mr Pisal said: “Although the crowds may be smaller in numbers than traditional times, I look forward to soaking up the iconic atmosphere that the two Marathons bring and can’t wait to join the thousands of runners from across the UK and world together in London and Manchester for the events, while remembering my friend Nilesh’s smile and sense of humour throughout the tough moments, spurring me on. I will be giving the two medals to him on 17th October.”
Five facts you may not know about motor neurone disease (MND):
- The condition can affect adults of any age, but it is more likely to affect people over 50.
- There is a 1 in 300 risk of being diagnosed with MND
- The condition can affect how you walk, talk eat, drink and breathe
- People with MND may experience changes to their thinking and behaviour – but it affects everyone differently
- MND is life-shortening and there is no cure – although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life
To learn more about MND, click here.