Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of NHS workers who sadly passed away in the East Midlands.

Avtar Samrai, a Porter at Royal Derby Hospital has raised over £4,615 so far and began fundraising as he wanted to do something to give back to the NHS.

Avtar said: “I was off work for 3 weeks in self isolation, when I heard about Amged El-Hawrani, a Consultant from Burton Hospital, which was quite upsetting, and then Manjeet from A&E.

He was a wonderful gentleman who looked after me when I was poorly in A&E.  I woke up one morning thinking that I wanted to do something that would be a special everlasting memorial to honour all of the staff we have lost over these hard times.   Hence I came up with the idea of a 31 day jog.”

Along the journey, colleagues at the hospital have supported Avtar, “I have had tremendous support from all of my colleagues, who have helped me set up a Twitter page and my fundraising pages alongside contacting local media.”

Having already smashed his initial target of £1000, Avtar plans to carry on fundraising, “As long as I have support I will keep on fundraising. I could not have got this far without the support of my family and my colleagues in the Hand Unit.”

“I would like to thank my family.  My wife, Manjeet and my daughters, Gurinder, Baljinder and Gurjinder, (at the moment she is stuck in Barcelona and we all love and miss her very much).  I would also like to thank Jade and Debs, all of the Hand Consultants, everyone in the Hand Daycase Unit and all Hand Unit staff.”

Marie Gretton, Communications Officer for Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, “It is brilliant to see such fantastic fundraising in support of our hospitals  and in memory of those we have lost. We know that the money raised will go a huge way in supporting our staff and we are so grateful for this gift – it means a great deal to us.”

To support Avtars fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/avtar-samrai