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London & Brighton Marathon Runners Raise Over £40,000 For Hospice

  • Published date
    07/05/2014
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    Charity Challenge Events|Fundraising|North London Hospice

Twenty one participants in this year’s London and Brighton Marathons have helped raise over £40,000 for the North London Hospice. The dedicated group ranged from a ‘Superman’ completing his 289th marathon to a young nanny who had never considered running before. 28-year-old nanny Amy Smart has spent the last four years fundraising for the Hospice after she witnessed the expert care her grandfather received towards the end of his life. Having never run before, she decided the London marathon on April 13th was the perfect opportunity to challenge herself and raise even more funds for the charity. She completed the gruelling 26 miles in 5 hours and 35 minutes.  Two weeks before the race, she hosted a line-dancing evening at Hendon Golf Club which helped her surpass her initial marathon fundraising target of £4000. Commenting on the race, Amy said: It was very hard physically and an emotional rollercoaster but the amazing crowd spurred me on and the feeling of elation at the end was incredible. It was one of the best things I have ever done and I am already keen to repeat it.” marthon 2 Husband and wife team Lauren and Jonathan Barr ran together to raise over £5300 for the Hospice. Lauren raced home in 4 hours and 28 minutes, and despite an ongoing injury and severe cramping, Jonathan was able to finish the race in 5 hours and 17 minutes. The couple chose to run for the Hospice after hearing so many wonderful stories of its care and support from family and friends. They have visited both the Enfield and Finchley sites and found the staff incredibly welcoming and personable. Jonathan, a partner at Godfrey & Barr estate agents in Hampstead Garden Suburb, commented:  “The Hospice is near to our regular running route and we wanted to give something back to the local community and support such a well-loved and well-respected organisation.” Taking on the Brighton marathon for the Hospice on 12th April was Jennifer Sterlini who completed the course in just over 5 hours. The Brighton run was Jennifer’s first full marathon and she was supported along the way by a fantastic crowd including her husband and three sons. Both her mother-in-law and father-in-law had received support from the Hospice over the last few years to enable them to fulfill their wish of passing away peacefully in the comfort of their own home. Commenting on her marathon run and the money raised, Jennifer said: ”The Hospice team organising home care for my inlaws were always professional, compassionate and responsive to change, sometimes at short notice. I wanted to thank the Hospice for this invaluable service and raise awareness and funds for them. I am pleased that running a marathon has in some small way achieved this.”

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