Art director Jane’s marathon effort set to raise funds for small comforts

Jane Buckley is hoping for a picture-perfect finish when she runs the London Marathon for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity next month.

Bradford-born Jane, who works as art director for Simon and Schuster publishing house in London, is running in memory of her dad and Auntie Marlene, who she describes as “two people who made the world a better place.”

Jane is so grateful for the care both her dad, who she lost to cancer 25 years ago, and her Auntie Marlene, who died of a stroke in 2017, received at Bradford Royal Infirmary that she wants to raise money for the Palliative Care Unit and the stroke ward.

“I’m running for pillows and toothpaste,” said Jane. “Palliative care is so important to so many, and the hard-working carers are in desperate need of simple comforts, such as pillows and toothpaste. It’s an area that fights for funding, so over penny really does help.”

Despite the fact Jane now lives in London, she is keen to give back to the city where she grew up and thank the nurses and doctors who she describes as heroes. “The nurses were so good looking after both of them. My Auntie Marlene was in hospital at Christmas and, despite it being a very difficult time, it was so uplifting and moving. I take my hat off to all the doctors and nurses.

Something positive

“I really want something positive to come from this. My Dad was such a positive man and it’s that emotion which drives me on, knowing I’m doing something positive to keep their names alive and help others.”

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “While our hospitals provide cutting-edge treatment and first class care, it is Bradford Hospitals Charity which provide the extras which the NHS does not fund. These extras make such a huge difference to patients and their families.

“I can’t thank Jane enough for thinking of her home city and helping other patients in Bradford.”

Jane is lucky enough to have some of the most celebrated children’s book illustrators sponsor her marathon bid! If you would like to join them to pledge your support, please visit:

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email


 Note to Editors:

  • Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is one of more than 250 NHS charities based around the UK. It supports the strategic direction of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by funding projects which go over and above what he NHS provides.
  • Did you know that, together, all NHS charities give £1million every single day to the NHS!
  • In 2017, a new £28million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which was part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals. It provides world-class facilities for the elderly, children and a brand new intensive care unit. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity provided £260,000 to enable the Trust to create family friendly environments, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative distraction toys and games for young people.
  • With the support of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, BTHFT was also able to provide more cots, including intensive care and high dependency cots, new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite and a dedicated room for mothers to express milk for pre-term babies when the new neonatal unit opened in 2015.

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Note to Editors:

  1. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

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