Hospital staff take on 26.2 miles for #TeamHeadsTogether runner Sarah Knapp

After suffering a stroke, Sarah was forced to pull out of this year's London Marathon. This is what her colleagues did to show their support...

Last weekend, #TeamHeadsTogether took on the London Marathon. However, the team wasn’t entirely complete. Sarah Knapp, a senior registrar in the obstetrics and gynaecology department at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, was unable to take part after suffering a stroke.

Sarah, who’s 39, was “the fittest she had ever been” when she collapsed at her running club in February. Despite making fantastic progress, she had to pull out of the event.

Sarah, just one day before her stroke

Incredibly, Sarah’s colleagues and friends decided to band together and take on the 26.2 miles in her honour. On 28th April, the day of the London Marathon, each member ran, walked or jogged a mile around the hospital campus. Sarah was even able to run the last mile herself.

Sarah’s family and friends all attended the event, with her sister Hannah telling us: “It was simply a fabulous day. We covered Sarah’s marathon miles and more and had an incredible time, shared with a truly amazing bunch of people. I couldn’t be more proud of my sister who ran the last mile. I am over the moon with the amount of money we raised and so grateful to the wonderful team of midwives that organised this event.”

Together, the group has managed to raise an amazing £3,500 (and counting!) for Heads Together and the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Speaking about the day, Sarah said: “I was utterly overwhelmed at the number of people there, the love shown, and of course by the amount raised! There are no words that can express my gratitude enough, but I will never forget the day, and want to thank everyone who took part and those who donated from the bottom of my heart.”

If you’re as inspired by Sarah and her colleagues as we are, read more on her Virgin Money Giving page.