Jenny’s festive fundraising runs raise almost £500 for hospitals’ charity

TRAINEE teacher Jenny Dalby raised £470 for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity by running 5k every day in December. She even rounded off her runs dressed as an elf during Christmas week!

Jenny, from Cottingley, clocked up more than 90 miles in total, running from her village to Saltaire and back, to raise money for the charity’s Covid-19 Hospital Heroes appeal.

“I have always supported the NHS and I wanted to say thank you to those who didn’t get a Christmas and didn’t get a break because they were working,” said Jenny, who also works as a historical tour guide in Saltaire village.

“Some days, I didn’t really want to go running, but I stuck to my guns. My little boy came out with me some days on his scooter.

Merry Christmas

“I dressed as an elf for Christmas week because I wanted to bring a smile to people’s faces and I did. I got lots of drivers tooting their horns and people wishing me a merry Christmas. I didn’t expect to raise so much money, but people wanted to donate because of the effort I made dressing up!”

Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “What a lovely gesture from Jenny to spread some festive cheer while raising money for our staff and patients at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who have been affected by Covid-19.

“The money will be spent on items which are over and above what the NHS provides and will enable our Trust to continue to provide the very best care, treatment and environment for our patients.”

So far, more than £380,000 has been raised to support staff and patients affected by Covid-19 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

You can find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how to support patients and staff at You can donate to the Covid-19 Hospital Heroes appeal at



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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  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.