A former consultant anaesthetist said he was “immensely proud” just to have been nominated for last year’s Best of Health awards.
So to come away winner of the Judges’ Award, Carl Humphries says he was honoured.
“It’s something I didn’t expect in any way,” he said.
Mr Humphries, 51, says he was nominated by colleagues at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he had worked for 17 years.
It was at a time he had pledged to take part in the London Marathon as well as three half marathons in five weeks while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. His running efforts would hopefully raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust and Prostate Cancer UK.
“Training for the run and raising the money was my way of coping with the diagnosis,” he said.
“It was a distraction for me; a therapy for me to be able to continue running and making something positive out of a negative situation.”
And positive it was, as Mr Humphries, of Lytham, was able to raise a total of £15,000 for his charities.
Unfortunately Mr Humphries found out at the end of last year the disease had progressed, and he was forced to take retirement from The Vic because of his health in December.
He had been due to run the marathon in London this year, but had to pull out because of his condition. He said: “I’ve been advised to hang up my running shoes.”
But Mr Humphries thinks fondly of his win at the Best of Health Awards.
“I don’t think I did anything extraordinary,” he said.
“I was just trying to do the best I could, but I was so honoured to accept the Judges’ Award and it’s something I’m immensely proud of. My trophy still has pride of place in my home.”
Nominations are now being taken for this year’s Best of Health Awards. For details call (01253) 361709.