Local nursing assistant takes on 60th marathon ahead of 60th birthday

Kate is a nursing assistant here at East Surrey Hospital, and we think she is amazing. For a couple of years now Kate been taking on some incredible personal challenges, while also raising funds for SASH Charity.

This weekend, Kate will take on her 60th (yes, sixtieth!) marathon or ultra marathon, walking over 100 kilometres, through the day and overnight, while raising funds for her hospital charity.

You can watch an interview with Kate on our facebook page here.

Below is a press release with more of Kate’s story. You can support her fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-kate-knight

Local nursing assistant takes on 60th marathon ahead of 60th birthday

23 May 2019

A nursing assistant at East Surrey Hospital is preparing to complete her 60th marathon this weekend, just weeks before her 60th birthday.

Kate Knight, from Chipstead, Surrey, is raising money for SASH Charity after previously receiving treatment at East Surrey Hospital, part of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH). This weekend she will take on the London to Brighton challenge, walking 100km from Richmond Park in the capital to Brighton.

Kate, who has also worked shifts at East Surrey Hospital since 2008, has travelled the world running marathons, from London and Dublin to Florida and New York, despite undergoing numerous operations including a knee replacement.

Kate said: “I love keeping fit and challenging myself, and after I completed my 50th marathon I said I would do 60 before my 60th birthday. Fingers crossed I’ll achieve that this weekend! A few years ago I received such excellent care whilst in hospital for an operation on my lower spine and since then I’ve tried to do what I can to give something back – I wasn’t going to let a few operations stop me!”

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Kate is a real inspiration to everyone at SASH and this is a remarkable achievement. We are hugely grateful that she is raising money that will make such a difference to our patients and our staff.”

To donate to sponsor Kate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-kate-knight

To find out more about SASH Charity and how you can raise money visit https://www.sashcharity.org/

Notes to editors

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust runs East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and provides a range of services at hospitals in Crawley, Horsham, Caterham and at The Earlswood Centre and Oxted Health Centre. It has a growing catchment population of 535,000 residents in east Surrey and northeast West Sussex and is the designated hospital for Gatwick Airport and the local M25 and M23 motorway network.  The Trust employs about 4,390 staff and has an annual budget of around £334m delivering vital NHS services. For more information visit: www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk

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