Written by 1st March 2023
The TCS London Marathon is back this year taking place on Sunday 23 April! Chain of Hope is excited to have 7 amazing individuals running and fundraising for children with heart disease.
Meet our 2023 Runners.
Freddie is an actor and photographer. He became acquainted with Chain of Hope through his parents who worked closely with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub to write his biography which is due to be published this year. This will be Freddie’s third marathon, after having run the London Marathon in 2019 and Paris Marathon in 2022.
Hannah is a fashion designer and works for a large fashion company. Her family are supporters of Chain of Hope and her grandparents have followed and supported Sir Magdi’s work since her uncle had his first heart operation at the age of nine. Hannah is excited to run the marathon and hopes to achieve her target time of four and a half hours.
Andrew is a landscape architect. He previously ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Chain of Hope in 2018 alongside his partner Millie who is Chain of Hope’s videographer. This will be his first marathon and he has a personal goal to beat Sir Mo Farah!
Fadi is a long-time supporter of Chain of Hope. He is a keen runner and has participated in several marathons, including the first Aswan Marathon with our Founder and President Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.
Nicola is a close family friend of Chain of Hope's Chairman, Dr Gavin Wright. Nicole volunteered with Chain of Hope for a few months in 2011 and even travelled to Jamaica for a medical mission where she met Shaggy. Nicola completed the London Marathon in 2022 and is excited to be running for Chain of Hope this year.
Pond is an officer in the Royal Thai Army. He has undertaken a lot of intense physical training, including at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has also completed a US Army Ranger course. As a passionate runner, he has always dreamt of running the London Marathon.
Dr Davina Wong is a paediatric cardiac anaesthetist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and has been a volunteer with Chain of Hope since 2007. She has traveled to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya on medical missions with Chain of Hope.
‘It has been fantastic both to see the immediate effects of surgery on individual patients and also to see the development of paediatric cardiac programmes in developing countries.’