Our site needs cookies

We need cookies to help you sign in, create a fundraising page and donate. If you want to fundraise or donate on our site, you will need to turn on cookies How to turn on cookies.

It looks like you are trying to access a charity account.

Please click here for the charity sign in page. If you are not trying to access a charity account, please contact us.


Chrissy Boyce

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Five years ago a very tired, injured and creaky ex NHS manager watched family members fly round her local Parkrun in Northampton. I was that woman and I really wanted to join them! [/p][p]Having only jumped over a few hurdles at school, I had never really run anywhere. Anything over 50m seemed a very long way. [/p][p]There is something however about not being able to do something that makes me want to do it. [/p][p]In 2009 following a serious back surgery I was left with a dropped foot and a very weak right leg. Determined to turn things around I started on the long road of recovery and rehab and stuck to the exercises prescribed. In Oct 2014 I put on a pair of trainers and went back to Northampton Parkrun and walked the 5km. I couldn’t move the next day but went back the following week to try again. The support and encouragement received from other runners was instrumental in helping me improve. My walk soon became became a shuffle and then a jog and after several months I ran the whole 5km. I was over the moon. Then after a year I tried 10km and then a half marathon and despite a few setbacks on the way I have continued to improve and now love running. [/p][p]In 2015, after 40 years working in and within the NHS I retired. During my career I worked in a wide variety of roles and settings which included nursing at Northampton General Hospital, Health Promotion/ Public Health, Director in Primary Care and in the East Midlands Ambulance Services, Regional programme director for emergency and urgent care and strategic relations director for NHS 111 at the Department of Health. I now work on a voluntary basis as a director for the Human Givens Institute who train therapists to support and promote emotional health and clear thinking. [/p][p]During the latter end of my career I worked both regionally and nationally to establish a new major trauma system for England with a network of hospitals working hard to save the lives and futures of those who had serious life changing injuries. This brought me into contact with fantastic charities and voluntary agencies of which Headway East Northants is a shining example. Having helped to improve the ‘sharp end’ of treatment and care and knowing how important community and emotional and psychological support are to recovery I now have the opportunity to do my bit however small, to support the rehabilitation of people and their families and carers who have had or are caring for someone following brain injury. Headway provide information, signposting, practical and emotional support which are vital in enabling people to be the best they can be. Please help me make a difference and support me and Headway East Northants as I start to prepare to take on what will be a really huge challenge but one that I am determined to achieve. [/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read this. [/p]

Share Chrissy's story


Jan 10, 2020

Cheryl Knor-Holmes


Jan 4, 2020

Helen Milner


Dec 16, 2019

Roger Wood


Dec 5, 2019

Valerie Wood


Oct 6, 2019


Good luck, Chris. Very inspiring!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2019

Bernie S

Good luck

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2019

Harpal Singh

Good luck Chrissy. Wishing you all the best. Harpal

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 25, 2019

Catherine and Ronan

Good luck Chrissy!!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2019



Aug 9, 2019

Rietje and Chris

Good luck with this. We are pulling for you.