Robin Hood Half Marathon runner’s gift to the hospice
Nottingham runners are gearing up for this year’s Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon on 24th September and this year we’re very lucky to have a number of supporters taking part to raise vital funds for the hospice. Amy, who’s Grandad visits the hospice day care centre, signed up to help make sure other families can receive the vital help and support her family has experienced:
Before his diagnosis of COPD and before he became too unwell to complete his usual social activities, my Grandad was a very sociable and active man, so you can only imagine how he must have felt, unable to do the things that he used to love. He was a keen fisherman and spent many hours fishing, fishing for charities as well on many occasions. He would go shopping daily and have a chat to regular shoppers at the local shops… he’s always been an outgoing and sociable man. To watch him deteriorate has been difficult for us as a family to watch but Nottinghamshire Hospice have been able to provide us with an amazing service that has not only had a positive impact for my Grandad but also has brought some happiness to our lives too knowing my Grandad has something to look forward to weekly. Me and my Grandad speak daily and he rang me after his first visit to the hospice, thrilled with the day he’d had.
After finding out about Nottinghamshire Hospice I looked into the charity – not realising it was a charity at first – and could not believe that the services the hospice provides are at no cost to the patients or families! This is where my fundraising began.
Over the last few years I’ve had a few health complications, causing me to gain a fair amount of weight. In March 2017 I joined Slimming World and in April 2017 I joined my local gym. Up to date I’ve lost 1 stone 4lb and have another 3 stone+ to lose before reaching my goal weight. I sat down one day after reading about the hospice and decided that I was going to sign up for the Robin Hood Half Marathon (a little frightened if I am completely honest!!). I thought that this could be my way of giving something back to Nottinghamshire Hospice and have chosen the hospice as the charity I am sponsoring. This journey is going to be a challenging one but also rewarding. I feel like I’m able to give something back to Nottinghamshire Hospice as a thank you from my family for the care and support they are continuing to provide us with.
It’s not too late to join Amy and our band of merry men and women running the Robin Hood Marathon or Half Marathon – just fill in the form below before 24th August and if you pledge to raise £150 you’ll get your place free! The money you raise will help us to support more families like Amy’s, ensuring that they are able to make the most of their final months, weeks and days together reassured that we will be there to help them whenever they need us.