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Our 2021 London Marathon runners

This year saw the famous race return to the streets of London on Sunday 3rd October. As Amy, Kristy, and Joanne had taken part in the 2020 virtual marathon, we were especially please to offer them the chance to run in the live event. After committing to months of training Joanne, Amy, Kristy and Jo did us proud and everyone made it to the finish line.

The London Marathon is a crucial source of income for Iolanthe and enables us to fund the midwifery projects, research and training that improve maternity care for women and their babies. Whatever you can give will make a positive impact on the quality of maternity care that families all over the UK receive. The only difficulty comes from choosing which of our worthy runners to sponsor! 

Joanne Welsh

"In 2018 I was the lucky recipient of the Iolanthe Trust Midwifery Research Fellowship. This award enabled me to take time out of working so I could complete my PhD. My PhD saw me living and working in Uganda to introduce midwives to antibiotic stewardship, which is so important given the threat that antibiotic resistance poses to all of us. The funding from Iolanthe was invaluable in supporting me through the write up process. So now I would like to help other midwives to carry out research or attend educational sessions to that they can help to improve maternity care too!"

Amy Doherty and Kristy Dunning

amy and Kristy virtual marathon 2020
Amy and kristy virtual 2020

Amy says " I have been a midwife in the NHS for over 17 years so this is a charity that I am extremely pleased to be able to support. Limited resources within the NHS means that there is often not much scope for midwives to enhance their professional development without having to self fund, which for the vast majority is just not possible."  Amy took up running less than 4 years ago. She ran the 2020 Virtual London Marathon but this will be her first live event marathon. She is part of a running group in her local area which promotes health and well-being.

Kristy is also a midwife and a member of the same running group as Amy. She ran the Virtual Marathon 2020 for Iolanthe and is prepared to do it all again in London.