West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) project manager Phil Watson-Jones has been recognised for his outstanding fundraising work at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Best in Care Awards.

Phil, who focuses on facilitating the recruitment of cancer patients to the 100,000 Genomes Project in his WMGMC role, picked up the award for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Internal Charity (QEHB) Supporter of the Year at a gala presentation evening at the Tally Ho Conference and Banqueting Centre, Edgbaston.

For the past two years he has organised a team of staff and friends from QEHB to run in the Birmingham Half Marathon – raised a total of £3,300 so far, with plans already afoot to repeat the effort in 2017.

UHB clinical trials administrator Joy Johnson was one of the runners and, along with UK: PBC project manager and fellow team member Zohur Miah, nominated Phil for the award.

She said: “Last year Phil managed to encourage me and 10 other people to run the Birmingham Half Marathon and tirelessly promoted our Just Giving page.

“His efforts were justly rewarded as he finished in the top three percent of just giving fundraisers in the country and he thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

A delighted Phil said: “It was an honour to be nominated for this award by my fellow runners and I feel truly humbled to have won it.

“However, it has very much been a team effort and I would like to thank all of my friends and colleagues who joined me on the half marathon as well as those who donated so generously to support us.

“Seeing the amount of money we raised made all the sore limbs and blisters worthwhile!”

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