Professor Webb puts his best foot forward at Great North Run
Professor Nick Webb from Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the
facility he leads. He will be fundraising for the children's unit
of theNIHR/Wellcome Trust
Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF), which is based at the
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
On 13th September Nick will travel to Newcastle to
take part in the world's leading half marathon, donning the lime
green running vest of the charity. The Professor from Hale,
Cheshire, is no stranger to the run having completed it twice
before as well as also completing the Manchester Marathon in April
this year. The keen runner is hoping to complete the 13.1 mile
course in less than 90 minutes.
Led by Nick, the children's CRF undertakes pioneering research
to turn medical advances into new life-saving drugs and treatments
to deliver improved and effective care for children of all
The children's CRF is a state-of-the-art in-patient research
facility where children's care takes place hand-in-hand with
clinical research. The unit opened in 2009 and as well as
being the first in the North West, is one of only a small number
across the UK.
In 2014 the Charity fundraised to double the unit's capacity so
that it could provide a better environment for the patients who
volunteer to take part in research. This means the children's CRF
can now undertake more studies into conditions and illnesses such
as autism and childhood deafness, benefitting children in the North
West and beyond.
All sponsorship Nick raises will go towards helping to continue
to save young lives and shaping the futures of children.
Nick Webb, Professor of Paediatric Nephrology, says: "Running is
a great passion of mine, so I am delighted to be able to help
fundraise and raise awareness for the children's CRF whilst taking
part in the Great North Run. In my role as both a Clinician and
Medical Director of the unit, I'm reminded each day what a key role
research plays in developing better treatments and diagnostics for
our young patients. The money I raise will go directly into helping
the children's CRF facilitate new clinical studies, as well as
transforming areas of our unit into a relaxing and calm environment
for our patients and their families."
David Cain, Deputy Chairman of Charity Fundraising Board for
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, added: "We are
thrilled that Nick will once again be representing the children's
CRF at the Great North Run. He is a real credit to the
hospital, going above and beyond to support the facility he leads.
The research undertaken there is vitally important to the futures
of the young patients cared for on the unit. The Charity works hard
to support research projects to improve our understanding of
children's illnesses to benefit patients now and for generations to
To sponsor Nick please visit his Justgiving page:https://www.justgiving.com/NickWebbGreatNorthRun