The leader of Croydon’s NHS has signed up for a gruelling physical challenge to raise funds towards a new unit for seriously ill children in Croydon. Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health in Croydon, will take part in the South Coast Challenge ‘Ultra Marathon’ on 4-5 September.

Matthew said: “Training is going well and I regularly run around 20 miles a week as part of my commute to work and a whole lot more at weekends. However, this challenge has seven huge hills which will be a massive strain on the legs so while fitting in practice runs hasn’t been easy, it certainly will be important!”

Joined by fellow runner Scott Beaton, husband to Croydon’s most senior nurse, the dynamic duo will run 100km on the South Coast from Eastbourne to Arundel and hope to exceed their £2,000 fundraising target.


A massive thank you also to Christina Clynes, Head of Communications and Fundraising at Croydon University Hospital who completed a 36-mile Jurassic Coast Challenge last month as part of the Ultra Challenge series and raised £750 for the appeal.