HMT St Hugh's Staff

From the Coal Face to a Cycle Race: Q&A with St Hugh’s Health Promotion Officer

Gary Allington recently joined HMT St Hugh’s Hospital as Health Promotion Officer. As part of our aim to improve the health and well-being of our patients, staff and the wider community, Gary will be driving community initiatives to encourage participation in our sponsored activities.

Originally a coal miner at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, Gary was most recently a facilities manager at De Lacy Academy in Wakefield – but it was his love of sport which brought St Hugh’s to his attention.

Despite being new to St Hugh’s, Gary has recently represented the hospital during a charity fundraising cycle ride with the Mayor of Grimsby in April and the Lincoln GP Sportive in May.

What attracted you to this role at HMT St Hugh’s?Gary Allington - St Hugh's

The idea of working with St Hugh’s Hospital staff and the wider community on health promotion really piqued my interest. As a keen runner and cyclist I know first-hand how important keeping active is as part of a healthy lifestyle. I’m looking forward to supporting our established sporting clubs and spotting new sponsorship opportunities in the future.

This is your first position within a not-for-profit organisation; how have you found it so far?

HMT St Hugh’s Hospital feels like a caring and pleasant place to work with very friendly and welcoming staff. I really like the ethos of the not-for-profit aspect of the organisation and the principle of using surplus from the hospital to put back in to the community via health promotion and supporting events as well as through other organisations such as Friendship at Home.

How would you like to see the health promotions department develop under your management?

I would like to see St Hugh’s Hospital develop a portfolio of mass participation events that are linked with and support communities in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes areas. I would also like to see more of our own staff becoming involved in these events.

Are there any projects you are hoping to get started soon?

I am hopeful that we will be able to support the new Cleethorpes Half Marathon in the future and continue to develop our partnership with the Great Grimsby 10k and Fun Run. I am also keen to set up a scheme to enable staff to benefit from discounted gym membership.

I’m also eager to hear from individuals, families and small community groups that have the desire to participate in a more active lifestyle but who might have hit a barrier when it comes to specialist equipment or classes. I’m keen to expand HMT St Hugh’s funding of community projects to help more local people enjoy a variety of activities.

Do you have any advice for those hoping to pursue a career at HMT St Hugh’s?

Register your interest with the relevant department as soon as possible and send your CV to our wonderful HR officer to hold on file. We list vacancies on our website and regularly update our social media pages, so look out for opportunities on Facebook and Twitter.