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Total raised so far


£28,967.00 of £20,000 target +£5,785.00 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations


Mark Leatham

£200.00 + £50.00 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago

Carol Vickers

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

3 weeks ago

Carla Cadiz

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Amazing achievement, both the distance and money raised!

1 month ago

Carole SingletonI am living with MND and


I am living with MND and am so grateful to every person who is raising money for MND

1 month ago


£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

My daughter Polly worked as a dietician with Sussex and was distraught to lose her, as a valued friend and colleague

1 month ago

Lynn Thomas(Anster Allsorts)

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

1 month ago

Various donations


Thanks to Trevor Wilson, The Woods family, and various bucket donations en route for this amount

2 months ago

Ross Anderson

£1,500.00 + £375.00 Gift Aid

Great cause. Well done from good friends of the Holtons xx

2 months ago

LDCC Golf Tour


With our best wishes from all on tour John - well done !

2 months ago



Inspirational. Your children must be so proud.

John Hamlin is raising money for Leeds Hospitals Charity and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Melrose to Headingley for Susie@50

Event dates: 9th September 2022 – 17th September 2022

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My story

In October 2015 my wife, Susie Hamlin, completed her first ever marathon. She was fit, healthy and incredibly happy, as you can see in the picture. She was a senior dietitian on the liver transplant unit at Leeds Teaching hospitals, a job she loved, and had just completed her MSc with distinction. Even more importantly to her she was a mum to two gorgeous kids, a wife, a sister and a friend to many.

Six months later Susie noticed that her speech was becoming slurred, the first signs for her of the onset of bulbar motor neurone disease (MND).

Susie died on the 3rd April 2018 at the age of 45, devastated at not being able to see her beautiful children Millie and Harry (then aged 13 and 8) grow up.

MND is a cruel and poorly understood condition, robbing people of their independence and ultimately their lives whilst impacting families and friends hugely.

Doddie Weir and Rob Burrow are both legends of rugby who have, very sadly, been diagnosed with MND.

Despite this they are both doing incredibly inspirational work to raise funds for MND. The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation ( was established to research the causes and potential treatments for MND, to raise awareness of the condition and to support sufferers and their families. Susie was a proud Scot and keen to support Doddie’s foundation and its crucial work. The Rob Burrow Centre for MND Appeal ( was launched to raise funds to build a state of the art care centre for patients and their families in Leeds, something that is greatly needed.

Inspired by these two amazing individuals I want to contribute to their fundraising attempts whilst, at the same time, marking what would have been Susie’s 50th birthday and our 20th Wedding anniversary in September 2022.

As a result I aim to run (and probably walk!) from Melrose rugby club in Scotland, where Doddie started his career, to Headingley rugby ground in Leeds, home of Rob’s club, the Leeds Rhinos. It was Kevin Sinfield’s Extra Mile Challenge of running 101 miles in 24hours that gave me this idea. However as the time nears I realise that Kevin is a 41 year old elite athlete whereas I am a 53 year old gastroenterologist with a different set of skills! As a consequence I will be running the approximately 165 miles over 7/8 days and aiming to arrive at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 17th September, the eve of Susie’s 50th birthday.

I know this will be a tough challenge but it is nothing compared with the daily struggle which patients with MND face. We would be honoured if you felt able to support these amazing charities by sponsoring this run. Any donations will be split 50/50 between the two charities.

You can follow my preparations on Twitter @diaryofwimpydad or Strava.

Thank you

Susie’s family and friends xx

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My updates

2 months ago

@Diaryofwimpydad day 9 forgot to start or stop Strava but who cares 😂😂🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏃‍♂️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

11.5km distance
3:13:03 time
7:47min/km speed

2 months ago

@Diaryofwimpy dad day 8 section 3!!!

11.0km distance
1:30:41 time
7:07min/km speed
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2 months ago

@Diaryofwimpy dad day 8 section 2

11.3km distance
1:29:23 time
6:38min/km speed
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2 months ago

@Diaryofwimpydad day 8 section 1

8167m distance
0:59:42 time
6:44min/km speed
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2 months ago

@Diaryofwimpydad day 7 section 3

8620m distance
1:18:38 time
7:34min/km speed
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This page is in memory of

Susie Hamlin

John Hamlin is fundraising for 2 charities

Leeds Hospitals Charity

Charity number: 1170369

My Name'5 Doddie Foundation

Charity number: SC047871

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