Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Every year local people support Peace Hospice Care by running the London Marathon and raising money for the Hospice. This year, in their 25th Anniversary year, the Hospice has more runners than ever before!

This year four runners, from across Hertfordshire, have chosen to support Peace Hospice Care. So far the runners have raised £1,501 for the Hospice.

One of the runners, Christine Dearman from Watford, said:

"I reached a milestone birthday in September last year and wanted to do something memorable. I have watched the London Marathon on TV every year since it started and last year and I decided I would like the chance to run. I had previously taken part in the Push it for Peace and am aware that it is also Peace Hospice Care's 25th anniversary this year. I have close family and friends who have been helped and supported by the Hospice and I feel that the work they do is invaluable. I have also seen the results from support work that they provide and want to do my bit to ensure their services remain available to anyone who needs them."

Lucinda Borkett-Jones, from Chorleywood, is running the marathon in aid of Peace Hospice Care, where her mother, Sheila, stayed at the Inpatient Unit in the final few weeks of her life. On the day of London Marathon in April it will be eighteen months since Sheila died from cancer. Lucinda said:

"I've always liked taking on sporting challenges and running the London Marathon has been on my list of things to do. I'm pleased that I'll be running in my mother's memory. It's been hard to keep going since she died, but it feels good to be taking on a positive challenge. 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. 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."

Another runner, Emma Salmon from Potters Bar said:

"Running the London Marathon has always been something I wanted to do but I never thought I would be able to do a marathon until I started running 3 years ago. I have done a lot of the big charities so wanted to do something for a smaller local charity that is not fully funded. I have 2 friends that have had family members looked after at Peace Hospice Care, which is why I chose to support them. I think the Hospice is such a good place to provide comfort for families who have loved ones who are terminally ill and will be looked after and cared for."

Pete Watson, Events and Community Fundraising Manager at Peace Hospice Care, said: "We're very grateful to everyone that individually fundraises for us by undertaking a huge personal challenge. The London Marathon is not easy, and we are delighted that the runners remembered us whilst taking on this feat. We'd like to wish them all the best of luck for Sunday!"

If you'd like to take on your own personal challenge this year and support your local charity, then sign up to Swim Serpentine or Ride London; Peace Hospice Care have 10 places in both events! For more information please visit: http://www.peacehospicecare.org.uk/events or call on 01923 335373.