Doctors band together to complete London Triathlon in memory of colleague’s daughter

A team of 12 consultants and registrars from Barking and Havering University Hospitals NHS Trust will be taking part in the London Triathlon on August 7 to raise money for the charity MIND.

They are doing it in memory of Molly Sayer, 22, daughter of associate medical director Gabriel Sayer, who died unexpectedly in April this year.

Gabriel said: “I am so very grateful for the kindness and support that has been shown to me and my family by my colleagues in the department of surgery and the hospital as a whole. The warmth and compassion from so many has helped us through a very difficult time.

“Molly was a passionate open water swimmer, cyclist and runner and this will be a great way of remembering her.”

They have already raised over £4,500 for MIND, a cause chosen by the family.

Taking part will be organiser Joe Huang, divisional director for cancer and clinical support, fellow consultants Sas Banerjee, Aman Bhargava, Robert Buhain, Maher Jumah, Samrat Mukherjee, Niroo Rajendran and Haschmat Sarwary; alongside registrars Omer Abdelsadiq, Charlie Craddock, Sandeep Kaul and Apostolos Prionas.

They’ve organised themselves into teams for the event with each person taking on a leg of the three challenges which make up the triathlon.

Joe said: “Gabrial Sayer, our friend and colleague, lost his daughter Molly unexpectedly. This tragedy has affected us deeply.

“We all know of Gabriel’s passion for Ironman and triathlon events which was why we decided to sign up for the triathlon.

Sas Banerjee, who will be competing in the cycling leg of the challenge, added: “It’s not something we’d be able to do individually but we’re taking a team approach and all doing our individual parts.”

Their fundraising total will also be boosted thanks to the donation of a signed print from British artist and author Charlie Mackesey to auction off.

To donate, visit the Just Giving page.

Mick Ferris

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