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RPS Board Member to run the London Marathon in aid of PS!

We’re delighted to announce that hospital pharmacist and RPS English Pharmacy Board member, Aamer Safdar, has secured the charity’s much sought after place in the 2017 London Marathon!

Aamer fought off stiff competition and was selected from a number of applicants for the charity’s ballot place.

“I am delighted to be selected as the first ever #175Hero to run the London Marathon on behalf of Pharmacist Support,” said Aamer. “Pharmacist Support is the profession’s charity and supports pharmacists throughout their careers – from university to retirement. It is a real honour to be in this position and to raise much-needed funds to support the increasing workload faced by the charity. I look forward to running in this prestigious marathon and I hope that everyone will support me in my training, and in my fundraising efforts.”

Aamer is the principle pharmacist lead for education and development at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and is actively involved with students, trainees and newly registered pharmacists. He lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Kings College London and the University College London School of Pharmacy.

Aamer Safdar Santa Run 2015Inspired by the work of Pharmacist Support, Aamer signed up to the charity’s #175Hero campaign back in September 2015 and was the first to reach his £175 fundraising target – running as a green Santa in the Doitforcharity 10K Santa run. Eager to add another feather to his cap, Aamer jumped at the chance to be the charity’s first ever marathon runner.


Commenting on Aamer’s selection, Pharmacist Support’s Chief Executive Diane Leicester-Hallam said “We’re delighted that our first #175Hero will become our first ever London Marathon runner. We wish Aamer the best of luck with his training, and look forward to celebrating with him at the finish line!”

You can support Aamer’s London Marathon challenge by donating here, and follow his training progress via Facebook and Twitter and read his blog on Chemist + Druggist

Love to run? The London Marathon isn’t the only event in our fundraising calendar! If you’re up for a challenge, we’re also looking for runners to take part in the Brighton Marathon in April 2017. More information can be found here.

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