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Dad set to run a half marathon in support of Macclesfield Hospital

12 October 2023

JG pic.jpgLocal dad, Stewart Bothamley, is set to take on the Manchester Half Marathon as a thank you for the care his son received at Macclesfield Hospital.

In August this year, Stewart’s son Marley contracted chicken pox and scarlet fever at the same time. Marley's infection was so bad he had cellulitis and was a few hours away from major surgery. He was kept in hospital for five days and then had to visit every other day for a further six weeks.

Stewart said: “The team at Macclesfield Children's Ward were incredible throughout the whole process. Raising money for the ward feels really close to our hearts and we cannot thank the hospital enough for the constant and careful care they took with Marley to get him better.”

“Marley really was in the best hands and we'd like to raise money to show our appreciation for the wonderful work the team here do.”

On October 15th Stewart will be running the Manchester Half Marathon to raise money for the Children’s Ward. He will be aiming to complete the half marathon in as close to 1 hour 30 minutes as possible.

Lily Preston, Fundraising Manager at East Cheshire NHS Charity said, “Thank you to everyone who has donated to Stewart’s fundraising so far. We’re so pleased to hear Marley has recovered well. Good luck in the Half Marathon!”.

To donate to Stewarts fundraising page, visit Stewart Bothamley is fundraising for East Cheshire NHS Trust Charitable Fund (

If you’d like to get involved in fundraising for East Cheshire NHS Charity, as an individual, group or workplace, get in touch with the fundraising team or visit


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  1. Stewart and Marley

Notes for editors

  • For further information about East Cheshire NHS Trust, contact the trust press office on 01625 663935 between the hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust is the main provider of acute and community health services for the people of East Cheshire. The trust is based at Macclesfield District General Hospital.
  • Follow East Cheshire NHS Trust on Twitter for all the latest news @EastCheshireNHS
  • East Cheshire NHS Charity is the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust. We raise money for Macclesfield District General Hospital, Knutsford Community Hospital, Congleton War Memorial Hospital and all our community services.
  • East Cheshire NHS Charity goes above and beyond standard Government funding to make your local NHS that extra special. From supporting staff health and wellbeing to providing toys to brighten up our young patients’ days to making long stay patients feel more at home – our mission is to make a visible difference. You can make a donation to the charity on JustGiving here.