Simon takes on Ironman challenge for Ark

He likes a challenge – so Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) consultant Dr Simon Struthers has definitely found the perfect fundraising feat as he gears up for an Italian Ironman contest.

On Saturday, September 21, the paediatric and neonatal consultant will be swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running a marathon – that’s another 26.2 miles – and he needs to get to the finish line before the cut-off time of 16 hours.

As well as pushing himself to the limit in the Emilia-Romagna challenge, Simon is aiming to pull in the pounds for two HHFT causes – Ark Cancer Centre Charity, which is raising £5million to help fund a new NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital, and the Winchester Hospice project.

Simon, who has been training hard for several months, said: “I’ve not done a sponsored activity since childhood, but I have taken part in a lot of physical challenges.

“This one is a bit more challenging as I don’t usually do running, and I thought I’d add the incentive of raising money for Ark and the Winchester Hospice, which are two good HHFT causes.”

Simon, who has worked in Winchester and Andover for more than 17 years, and also on the Basingstoke hospital site since HHFT was formed, has set up two fundraising pages on JustGiving.

If you want to support his fundraising for Ark, please go to