On behalf of NEUROCARE...
The White House are competing in the 2011

The White House has entered a team of 4 runners into the Sheffield Half Marathon on May 8th. We are running in aid of Neurocare. Neurocare raises money to buy equipment for the Neurosciences Department at the Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

sheffield marathon


Neurocare funds equipment for patients with head injury, brain tumours, strokes, cancers of the nervous system and those suffering from neurological disease. If you would like to donate please see our SPONSOR FROM ON RECEPTION or visit

Team Members:

  • Jason Howard
  • Sally Fawcett
  • Steve Canning
  • Katie Bell

Top tips from the Physios.

Running shoes should ideally be replaced after 300-500miles of use. The cushioning gradually loses its shock absorbing properties. By not replacing your shoes you are increasing the risk of overuse injury. We recommend you go to a dedicated running shop for a proper fitting. If you have problems with your feet it could be worth seeing a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist. Speak to the Physio’s at the White House for advice.

Vary your training: There are loads of ways to vary your runs, and this can help improve strength, stamina & speed. It helps to keep running interesting and limit your chance of injury. Consider adding fartlek training (variable speed sets) and Hill runs to your regular routine.

As mentioned above, Hill runs are an ideal way of integrating some higher intensity runs to your routine: In a 40 minute session, start with a 10 minute warm up, then pick a short run loop with a decent uphill. Put in the effort to do a fast uphill for 1-2 minutes, followed by a downhill section for a steady recovery. Repeat for 20 minutes. Warm down for 10 minutes with a recovery jog.

Run in a group or with a friend. Running can be a great social activity, and running with others encourages motivation. There are plenty of running clubs around Sheffield, or why not try the Saturday morning Park Run in Endcliffe park? It’s very relaxed, and a great atmosphere. Someone from the White House goes most weeks. Come along and say hi. See www.parkrun.org.uk/sheffield-hallam for more info. You need to register before you go. Best of all, it’s totally free.

Don’t run all the time. Cross training is a great way of keeping your training interesting & is good for injury prevention. Why not consider entering a Duathlon or Triathlon?

Join us at the White House for some Pilates: an excellent way to improve core strength & balance. This will ultimately help your posture while running.

Build up training steadily: Higher intensity running puts more strain through your leg muscles and joints. With increased speed comes increased range of movement in your legs, as well as higher impact. Thus stressing your limbs more. Repetitions of this can lead to overuse injuries. Read the signs. Rest, ice & stretch as required. It is recommended to increase your training by no more than 10% each week.

Recommended stretch: soleus.

soleus stretch
  • Stand with one leg in front of the other close to a wall
  • Place your hands on the wall for balance
  • Bend both knees, focusing on the back knee
  • Move your weight forwards onto your toes but make sure you keep the heel down at the back
  • Hold for 30 seconds

  • About Neurocare

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    The Backgroung to Neurocare

    Neurocare is a Charity based in Sheffield whose work benefits patients from up and down the country. Thanks to Neurocare’s contributions, Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital now has a highly specialist Neuro High Dependency and Neuro Theatre, one of the best facilities in the country, currently bettered only by the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The Royal Hallamshire Hospital received a Centre of Excellence Award for it’s Neurosciences department, because of this, patients are sent from all over the country to receive the very best care possible. Our aim is to have the best Neurosciences department in the country, second to none.

    Neurocare funds the highly advanced equipment and training that the NHS simply couldn’t afford to buy and as far as we are aware, we are the only charity in the country that is doing that in this field. This equipment is used to treat patients with a range of debilitating Neurological conditions such as brain tumours, Head Injury, Diseases of the Nervous System, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy, Cancers of the Nervous System, strokes, and many more.

    Road traffic accidents are still the biggest killer of teenagers in this country, a lot of those will undoubtedly have suffered a head injury and if they were close enough to Sheffield, they would more than likely have been taken there for treatment.

    Because of the specialist equipment Neurocare has provided, the Neurosciences department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield now has a catchment area for adults which covers a population of about 2.5 million and the paediatric service provides for any child up to the age of 19.

    Patients come from South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster etc), Derbyshire (Chesterfield, Bakewell, Buxton, Glossop etc)) or North Lincolnshire (Worksop, Lincoln, Louth etc) to benefit from the state of the art facilities in the Neuro theatres and wards at the Royal Hallamshire.

    We fund equipment that the NHS will not, which is why Sheffield has some of the best equipment and Neuro surgeons in the Country. Because of this, some of the more specialised treatments such as paediatric skull base surgery, is now being performed in the Neuro department at the Hallamshire and will accept patients requiring this surgery from anywhere in the country.

    How we started and what we’ve achieved so far

    Neurocare was started in the early 80’s by Consultant Neuro Surgeon Robert Battersby and Anaesthetist Jan Mundy who needed a piece of equipment to operate on one of their patients. They knew what they needed in order to complete the operation successfully and save their patient’s life but the hospital would not fund the relevant new equipment.

    Robert Battersby and Jan Mundy suggested that if they could try to raise half of the money needed to buy the equipment, would the hospital pay the remainder? This was agreed and they began their fundraising. Their efforts proved successful and the equipment was bought, this was Neurocare’s first project.

    Neurocare was run like this until 1997 when we became a professional charity. Neurocare has grown significantly over the last few years. In 2005 the Brainwave Appeal was launched and £500,000 was raised to fund three 3D ultrasound scanners for the neurosurgery operating theatres at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The cutting edge scanners are mainly used to help treat people with brain tumours and were the first in the UK.

    Since then we have gone on to fund even more state of the art equipment which is being used on a daily basis.

    In 2010 we funded the Skull Base Endoscope which allows the surgeon to perform brain surgery by going through the nose, and in some cases, through the eyebrow with almost invisible scarring. The Endoscope reduces operating and recovery times and patients who have been treated with it have been overwhelmed by the results.

    Neurocare has also funded practical things such as the ‘Parker Bath’ which is a specially designed reclining which is used on our Neuro wards by patients who would normally not be able to have one. This is often one of the most important pieces of equipment to our patients because it gives them their first bit of independence.

    Our Future

    Innovations in medical care and equipment are happening all the time. Neurocare’s ambition is to make the Neurosciences Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield the best in the UK, not just in terms of equipment but also the facilities for patients and their families.

    One of our aims for 2011 is to raise our profile outside of Sheffield and let other towns and cities know that our fundraising also benefits people from your areas too.

    Please see our website – www.neurocare.org.uk – for details of projects we are currently raising money for.

    Getting involved with Neurocare

    There are many ways that companies can support Neurocare. We already have a very good reputation amongst Sheffield companies and are regularly approached by others wanting to find out how they can help us.

    Throughout the year we host a variety of events which are enjoyable and affordable and we hope to produce something to appeal to everyone. We try to encourage companies and individuals to hold events in aid of Neurocare. Our figures show that this is one of our main sources of income.

    Some of the companies, who already support us, do so by Payroll Giving, a way for staff to donate a nominated amount directly from their salary to the charity.

    Whilst financial support from companies and organisations is vital for our work to continue, raising our charity’s profile around the country is invaluable. We try to produce media releases which will mutually benefit both the company supporting us and Neurocare by getting our name and message out there.

    For further information contact:
    Emma Douglas
    0114 267 6464



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