11th March 2016

Hospice cheers on supporters running London Marathon

This year, support for St Richard’s Hospice at the Virgin Money London Marathon will be greater than ever.

On Sunday 24th April, 13 runners will be on the starting blocks hoping to raise as much money as possible for the hospice and to realise their personal ambition of completing the famous marathon.

The runners are now well into their physical and mental training schedule for the 26 mile 385 yard race, and in just a month’s time they will join thousands of fellow participants on the starting line in Greenwich Park.

Runners Helen Wheels, from ‘Hursty and Helen’ on Free Radio, Phil Deeley, Dave Sargeant, Rob Gilbert and Suze Chamberlain-French, all from Worcester, Tina McLaughlin, from Malvern and Nicky McKenzie from Surrey have secured places through St Richard’s Hospice’s five Golden Bond scheme places, while Phil Coleman, Adrian Bennett, Amy Giles and Sarah Everett-Stallard, all from Worcester, Russ Barnes from Kidderminster, and Laura Cadwell from Droitwich have secured independent places for the event.

Phil Deeley will be running in memory of his mum who was cared for by St Richard’s. He said; “The support from St Richard’s was fantastic and the work the entire team do on a daily basis is truly inspirational.  As such I’m incredibly proud and honoured to have been given a charity spot for the Hospice in running the 2016 Virgin London Marathon.  Running 26.2 miles does sound like a monumental challenge but it’s a walk in the park compared to the tireless effort of the team at St Richard’s Hospice.”

Jodi Brandwood, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “The London Marathon is a high profile and prestigious event and it is always a delight to cheer on all the runners, especially those who are taking part in memory of someone dear to them. This year there are more runners than ever raising money for St Richard’s Hospice. Some are veteran marathon runners and others will be taking on the personal challenge for the first time. Together they have already raised over £12,000 to support hospice care. We are very grateful for their support and wish them all the very best.”

To make a donation to help St Richard’s Hospice provide compassionate care visit www.justgiving.com/strichards