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Key worker to run 128km for hospice

19th May 2020

A primary school teacher is running 128km this month to raise funds for the Worcestershire hospice which cared for one of her best friends.

Emma Winter, from Merthyr Tydfil, is running the equivalent distance from her home to St Richard’s Hospice, in Worcester, while still busy teaching as one of the nation’s key workers.

 

Having originally set herself the challenge of 100km over the month, Emma upped her ambitions to 128km last week after surpassing her targeted distance. And it’s inspired the charity she’s running for to create its own ‘100k Your Way’ challenge for June.

 

The keen runner is raising funds for St Richard’s, which cared for her friend Emily Lewis before she sadly passed away aged 25 in 2018.

 

“I’ve mainly been running in the evenings with my Mum on her bike and our eight-year-old spaniel, Molly, who loves to dawdle and take pit stops to chase the birds” said Miss Winter, 28. “So I was delighted to hit my 100k target mid-month and decided I couldn’t stop there; I wanted to make it all the way to Worcestershire!”

 

Miss Winter describes daily exercise as her medicine during lockdown, where she’s continued to teach children from her own school, Nant Y Parc Primary, and other neighbouring schools.

 

She said: “Lockdown has given me a lot of time to think about the things in my life that I’m thankful for but also those who I so dearly miss. “I desperately wanted to find a way of giving back to those in need, particularly charities like St Richard’s Hospice which are feeling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

 

“St Richard’s took such great care of Em and her family during their most difficult times and this is my way of giving back and thanking them.”

 

“And I know this means so much to Em’s family too – it’s a way of keeping her memory alive and to find a positive even though we miss her so much still.”

 

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “It’s simply incredible to see Emma running the equivalent distance from her home in South Wales to us here at St Richard’s and we are hugely grateful for her supporting our care in the most challenging of times for us as a hospice.

 

“Our fundraising income has been hit by Covid-19 with events cancelled and our shops shut temporarily. But, backed by the help of our amazing supporters – near and far in the case of Emma – we are hopeful we will weather this storm together.

 

“Emma’s challenge is such an amazing feat that she’s actually inspired us to create our own 100km fundraiser in June asking our supporters to do ‘100k Your Way’; whether that’s walking, running, on two wheels or even on a pogo stick! With restrictions on exercise now lifted here, we hope lots of people will get on board, get active and raise funds for our care for patients and their loved ones across Worcestershire.

 

“So, if you’re inspired by Emma’s story, why not give ‘100k Your Way’ a go? Whether 100k is your challenge for the month, over a weekend, on two feet or two wheels – we’d love to have you on our team.”

 

To support Emma in her challenge visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-Winter19

 

To find out more about 100k Your Way see: https://www.strichards.org.uk/event/100k-your-way/

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.