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Jane to run city marathon on birthday

23rd April 2018

A dedicated fundraiser is set to run a marathon on her birthday in aid of the hospice which cared for her brother.

Jane Fletcher, 48, from Droitwich, is training for the Worcester Full and Half Marathon, set to take place on Sunday, May 20.

The mother-of-two will run the scenic 26.2-mile course in aid of St Richard’s Hospice – despite breaking her wrist during the Brighton Half-Marathon in February.

The Worcester-based hospice cared for Jane’s brother, Paul, in 2010.

“Paul had numerous cancers and St Richard’s Hospice was amazing in its care for him in his last few weeks and also supported our family afterwards,” explained Jane.

“Raising money for the hospice is very important to me and my family – it’s a way of keeping Paul’s memory alive and for something good to come out of his death.

“The hospice does amazing work and we will always be grateful to them for their support when Paul was ill.”

Along with her family, Jane has helped raise more than £35,000 for the hospice since her brother’s death.

She began running a year ago and has already completed the Birmingham and Brighton Half Marathons. She will run the Worcester Marathon on her 49th birthday.

“I’m nervous and excited about the race,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the day and hope there are plenty of people to cheer me on the way – I’ll need it for the second half of the race!”

To help Jane with her fundraising, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/jane-fletcher007

Now in its seventh year, the Worcester Full and Half Marathon is organised by Tempo Events and sponsored by Hewett Recruitment.

St Richard’s is the beneficiary charity for this year’s run which starts at 9.30am from Sixways Stadium and takes in beautiful Worcestershire countryside.

Jodi Brandwood, hospice Fundraiser, said: “We hope Jane has a fantastic time running the Worcester Marathon and enjoys her birthday too!

“There is always such a great atmosphere on the day and it’s a beautiful route. We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary charity for this year’s race – it’s fantastic to have the support of Tempo Events and Hewett Recruitment.

“With their support, and the brilliant help of people like Jane, we hope to raise as much money as we can to fund out hospice care. Why not join in too?”

Places are still available. To register, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/worcester-marathon/

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.