On the day of the London Marathon in April it will be eighteen months since Lucinda Borkett-Jones' mother, Sheila, died from cancer
Lucinda, 26, is running the marathon in aid of Peace Hospice Care, where Sheila stayed at the Inpatient Unit in the final few weeks of her life.
"Staying in the hospice was never the plan, but when mum got there it was clear that it was the right place for her to be," Lucinda said.
"The staff were amazing. They saw her as the woman that she was. They treated her with dignity, respect and real care. We felt like she was safe in their hands."
She added that the family were grateful to be able to stay by Sheila's side in one of the hospice's family rooms. "It was an incredible gift that we were able to stay with her. It's a surprisingly nice place to be; we felt welcome and so supported."
Lucinda described her mother, who was a GP in Bushey, as someone who was "committed to people, to her patients, friends and family. She was incredibly strong and lived life to the full."
"She absolutely believed in me; she was my biggest champion. I'm pleased that I'll be running in her memory. It's been hard to keep going since she died, but it feels good to be taking on a positive challenge.
"When someone close to you has a terminal illness you realise just how much we need to support institutions like Peace Hospice Care. It's inevitable that their work will touch all of us in some way."
Peace Hospice Care needs to raise over £5 million every year in order to run and develop its services. The hospice was built by local people for local people and in 2016, its 25th anniversary year, it still depends on the generosity of the local community.
To sponsor Lucinda visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lucindaborkett-jones1.
Or if, you would like to undertake your own personal challenge this year and raise money for Peace Hospice Careplease visit http://www.peacehospicecare.org.uk/events or call on 01923 335373
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