Nigel Mayes and Blaine Lowthorpe ran the Norwich 10k in memory of Nigel’s brother, Ashley. Last September Ashley was rushed to Papworth Hospital where he spent 87 days in the Critical Care unit.

Nigel said:

The whole time he was in the Hospital the level of care the staff showed towards Ashley and his family was stunning; Papworth Hospital performs miracles. Everyone from the surgeons, doctors, nurses, physios, receptionists, cleaners and more showed such an attention to detail. The Papworth Critical Care staff got Ashley well enough to come home, back to Norwich and spend some very valuable time with his family before eventually losing his fight with illness. For this Ashley’s family will be forever grateful.

A fantastic £3,000 was raised by Nigel and Blaine and the funds were used to purchase two specialist chairs for the Critical Care Unit.


We invited Ashley’s family to the hospital to see the chairs we purchased with their kind donations and meet with members of the Critical Care team who said:

For our patients recovering from critical illness, the chance to sit out of bed, as part of their rehabilitation, is absolutely essential. The benefits of having specially designed chairs that support their position, are comfortable and are able to be effectively cleaned cannot be underestimated. We would like to say a big thank you to Nigel, Blaine and their family from everyone at Papworth Hospital.