Marathon pair set to go distance for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity will be waving on two special runners in this year’s London Marathon!

Atiq Zaman and Helen Waddington will pound 26.2 miles around the streets of the capital on Sunday to raise funds for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Atiq, of Heaton, Bradford, chose to represent the charity after his daughter spent a month in Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Neonatal Unit.

He said: “I really wanted to do something to say thank you for the excellent treatment my daughter received in the Neonatal Unit after she was born in October 2016.

“When my place was confirmed for the London marathon, I decided to run it to say thank you for the extraordinary care she received.”

To support Atiq, who is now also a member of the Neonatal Trust Fund, please visit

Keen runner Helen, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, is chair of the Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity bid panel, and sees at first-hand the incredible difference fundraising makes to children visiting our hospitals.

Marathon experience

Helen has previously taken part in the Berlin Marathon in 2015, and Yorkshire Marathon in 2016, but has never run to raise money before.

She said: “I am always impressed by the work the team does at Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and it’s nice to be able to contribute.”

Helen has also chosen to raise funds for a small Welsh charity called Value Independence, which helps adults with additional needs gain independence.

Support Helen by visiting

Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “We are delighted and incredibly grateful that Helen and Atiq have chosen to run the London Marathon for our charity!

“I would encourage as many people as possible to get behind them both by donating money. It will go a long way to ensuring we provide the best possible facilities and environment for patients visiting our hospitals.”

A record 386,050 people registered to take part in this year’s marathon, with 54,685 expected to start the endurance event in Greenwich Park on Sunday.