Josie Davies ran an astonishing 350 miles from July to October to raise funds for our neonatal unit appeal, culminating with the London Marathon. 

Josie had chosen to run for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for her granddaughter, Ava and explained the importance of our neonatal services. “SASH has become extremely important to me since my precious granddaughter was born 7 weeks early back in June. The SCBU took care of our Ava and my daughter Nikki and her partner Dan. The staff supported them both through the most worrying times and cared for Ava through those early weeks, and then on to aftercare when they all returned home. As it was Covid and I couldn’t be there in person to support them I knew that they were in good hands.” 

Josie gave her account of the final 26.2 miles at the London Marathon and described the atmosphere of the day.  “On the day the weather was perfect up until about 2ish when the heavens opened but didn’t dampen the spirits. The crowds just carried on screaming out the runners names, it was electric. This was my 14th London Marathon and as always it didn’t disappoint, in fact it was more exciting than ever, especially after the year we have all had. It felt like the whole of London has come out to support us. It’s a wonderful experience running among thousands of people raising money for their chosen charities.”

Josie’s words of advice for anyone wishing to run for SASH Charity is: “I would just say to anybody wanting to run for SASH just do it !!! We were grateful to be able to have the opportunity to give something back to you for what you did for my Nikki, Dan, baby Ava Bree and all our family.”

“Race Day was amazing just simply the best. From start to finish it was emotional, inspirational and overwhelming and even more so when you know the money you have raised will be going to such a great cause.” 

Josie Davies, Olive’s appeal supporter