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Firefighter takes on London marathon in aid of hospice

10th February 2017

A local firefighter is training hard for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon with high hopes of raising over £2,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Becky Fawkes, from Worcester, decided to take on the 26-mile challenge in memory of her sister-in-law, Jenny Hall-Dixon, who was cared for by the hospice before her death last summer.

On Sunday 23rd April Becky will be joining 12 others on the start line in Greenwich Park to run the iconic marathon in aid of St Richard’s, all hoping to raise thousands to help the local charity continue to care for those living with life-limiting illnesses and support their loved ones.

Since hearing that she had been awarded a gold bond place to take part in the London Marathon for St Richard’s Hospice, Mrs Fawkes has been busy raising funds, including collections at the Kay’s Theatre Group, where her sister-in-law was a keen member, and at Worcester Wyevale Garden Centre.

The marathon challenge has since become a family affair, with her father, Dave Walker, a retired local firefighter and coach for Worcester athletics, helping with her training, supported by her sister Rachel Clift who competed in the Beijing Olympics in the GB hockey team.

The family’s next fundraising event will be an Abba inspired 70’s Disco which will take place on Saturday 11th March, from 7pm at Droitwich Golf Club. Her sister-in-law was a fan of the 1970s pop group and the family decided that this would be a fitting tribute to their loved one.

Becky said; “My sister-in-law Jenny passed away in August last year after a long battle with cancer. She was looked after by St Richard’s as she had specialist nursing care needs which meant she couldn’t go home. We literally don’t know what we would have done without them. The kindness shown to Jenny and our family will stay with us forever.

“I promised Jenny I would run the London Marathon in her name to raise money for St Richard’s and I have been lucky enough to get a charity place. I have organised the Abba inspired 70’s disco as part of my fundraising. Jenny loved Abba which is where I got the idea from. She would love the fact that you can have a fun night out which is helping to raise much needed money. If you’re a 70’s groover and fancy a fun night out, do get in touch. There are limited tickets so don’t delay.”

Tickets for the Abba night fundraiser are £20 each, including food, and available from Becky Fawkes on 01905 759505 or 07759 435974.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to donate to Becky’s fund visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Becky-Fawkes

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.