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Sophie’s marathon mission for mental health

Struggling with her mental health, Sophie turned to running – and used her newfound passion to support other staff in a similar situation.

Working in cancer services in 2021, Sophie found it increasingly difficult to cope with the demands of her role during the challenges of the pandemic.

“I didn’t have the strength anymore. I wasn’t handling my stress well at all”. Sophie sought the support of a psychologist who visited her department weekly as part of the Trust’s charity-funded staff wellbeing programme, which offers a range of tailored support services.   “She encouraged me to get out of the house and get active, and it changed everything,” says Sophie.

From never running before, she did couch to 5k – and ambitiously signed up for the 2022 London Marathon.

“I wanted a long-term goal to keep me running and help keep my mental health in check. And to run for Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity felt very full circle.”  

Sophie Neville-Towle, Assistant Manager for the Gynae Oncology service at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Supporting Sophie to ensure care never stands still

As well as raising an incredible £2,200, the impact on Sophie’s health and confidence has been extraordinary. You can support the tireless team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ by donating today.

We’re passionate about caring for the dedicated teams at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and because of your donations, staff have access to one of the broadest staff health and wellbeing offer in the NHS.

“Two years ago, I would have never imagined that I could run the London Marathon. Having done so, I genuinely believe there’s absolutely nothing I can't do.”

Sophie Neville-Towle, Assistant Manager for the Gynae Oncology service at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

We’re committed to support the wellbeing of staff through the pandemic, and beyond. Help us to continue to be there for them.

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