Romford doctor to take on London Marathon for children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 11:16 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 28 February 2017

Dr Lucy Bemand-Qureshi at St Francis Hospice.

Dr Lucy Bemand-Qureshi at St Francis Hospice.


Medical professionals are used to giving out advice on staying fit and healthy but one doctor will walk the walk when she limbers up to run the London Marathon.

Lucy Bemand-Qureshi and Harmander SinghLucy Bemand-Qureshi and Harmander Singh

Lucy Bemand-Qureshi, a specialist registrar at St Frances Hospice, will raise funds for the Broxhill Road charity’s first class care and support services when she takes on the gruelling 26.2 mile course on April 23.

The Newbury Park mum, who has worked at the hospice since October, is fundraising as part of her four year training to become a consultant in palliative medicine and understands the hospice’s need for the community’s support.

“Running a marathon is a huge commitment in terms of time but when I knew I would be working at the hospice I applied for one of its gold bond places because I think it gives you a stronger connection with the charity,” said Lucy.

“For me palliative care is a vocation and it is the area of work I find most satisfying as I am part of a team providing holistic care and together we help to make people as active and comfortable as possible.”

Despite recently running three half marathons, including the Roding Valley Half Marathon on Sunday, Lucy has enlisted the help of Harmander Singh - who trained world’s oldest marathon runner aged 101 in 2012.

“Harmander has been great in helping me to build up my confidence as running is so psychological,” said Lucy.

“Recently I ran with Harmander from Tower Bridge to the end of the marathon route so I am now familiar with the route and we have also been training on hills.”

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