Hero Met Police officer raising money for hospital that saved his life
A Metropolitan Police officer badly injured in the London Bridge terrorist attacks is set to run the London Marathon to raise money for the medics who saved his life.
Charlie Guenigault was off-duty on June 3 last year when he saw three knife-wielding men in suicide vests attacking another officer at London Bridge.
Charlie ran towards the danger, risking his own life to save another’s, and resulting in him being stabbed in the head, neck, back, stomach and leg.
Charlie’s injuries were so bad that he underwent five operations over 10 weeks to save his lungs and stomach at King’s College Hospital in South East London.
Now Charlie will run the London Marahon on April 22, vowing to raise as much money as possible for the hospital that saved his life.
“I completely owe my life to the NHS,” Charlie told the Daily Mirror. “I want to give as much as I can back to them. I’m running for King’s because I want to show how much our doctors and NHS and all the staff do to help us, and the support they need.”
This is the second time Charlie will have run the Marathon, but this time the training comes with the extra challenge of his lasting health problems from the incident.
Charlie hopes the marathon will help him recover so he can return to duty. “I think the doctors are quite happy for me to do it as it helps my rehabilitation,” he says.
“It is going to be a bigger challenge than last year – I still have some internal injuries and bruising from surgery, which still causes me pain.
“The training has been much harder, but there is the motivation, of course, to do it – to raise money for King’s.”
At the Pride of Britain awards last year, Charlie won the Outstanding Bravery honour with PC Wayne Marques, a fellow officer who was on duty at the scene of the attack.
You can help Charlie raise money for King’s College Hospital at virginmoneygiving.com/charlieguenigault
See the original story in the Mirror here https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ill-run-marathon-docs-who-11961155