Get Set….Go! London Marathon 2018
The count down has begun. Final training is in full swing. On Sunday 22nd April 23 of our incredible supporters will be taking part in the London Marathon in aid of North London Hospice.
Collectively they’ve already raised a phenomenal £40,000, which will be put to good use in running the Hospice services, which support over 2000 patients each year in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. All have wonderful stories to tell of their personal journeys to Marathon day and why they have chosen to support us. We will feature some of these on this page in the coming days so please keep coming back, and if you’d like to help them support us, you’ll find links to their fundraising pages too.
Meet Carrie Luxembourg…
In 2013 Carrie Luxembourg was devastated when she couldn’t keep her promise to her late mum of running the London Marathon. Now, five years later, she is set to embark on her second marathon in six months!
North London Hospice cared for Carrie’s mum Laura and their family during her final days and it was at that time that Carrie pledged to run the 26.2 mile London race for the Hospice in memory of her mum.
However, she faced new health challenges of her own and Carrie was devastated when forced to conclude the London Marathon was out of her reach in 2013. But after much determination, and the launch of a new career as a fitness coach, she completed the Chicago Marathon in October 2017 and six months later will be at the start-line this Sunday to take up the challenge of the London Marathon.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and clients who made it a last minute dream for me to reach those 26.2 miles in Chicago six months ago. However, I still feel I owe it to both mum and myself to take on London, and this time with everyone she knew and loved cheering me on from the sidelines!” said Carrie, who lives in New Barnet.
“I’ve never been a long distance runner so completing two marathons in six months is certainly anything but easy! But, like mum always was, I am determined! I’ve been gifted a special, rare and lucky second chance so in the words of mum it’s time once again to “feel the fear and do it anyway!
“I am continuing to raise money for the North London Hospice in her memory. They got us through the toughest of times imaginable until the very end. So, this is now another chance for me to give back to them.”
If you would like to support Carrie or read more about her story, please visit her justgiving page:
Meet the Barrs
Sadie and Sabrina Barr are following in their parent’s footsteps – literally! Or perhaps they will be running ahead as they join their seasoned marathon running mum and dad for this year’s 2018 London Marathon.
Sadie and Sabrina have chosen to run the 26.2 mile race in memory of their grandma, Valerie, who was cared for by North London Hospice and died peacefully at our North Finchley inpatient unit in 2015.
The four will make it a family affair as they cross the start line together on 22 April and are looking forward to the challenge. Jonathan and Lauren have run marathons across the world but this is the first for Sadie and Sabrina.
“Knowing that a loved one is coming to the end of their life and that nothing can be done to prevent this is one of the most difficult things that anyone could experience in their lifetime. However while this cannot be prevented, it can be made as comfortable as possible, maximising that personís quality of life during its very last chapter – which is exactly what the hospice does and did for our grandma,” said the girls.
To donate to the girls please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BarrSisters
Meet Chris Houtris….
Chris Houtris is set to run the London Marathon next month – his first ever marathon and the culmination of an incredible two-year personal journey to fitness.
After a life-long battle with his weight the Enfield Logistics Manager decided to have surgery two years ago to have his stomach reduced.
Since then he has lost an incredible 12 stones in excess weight and taken up a six-day a week fitness regime to prepare himself for the 26-mile London Marathon on April 22nd.
He opted to run in aid of North London Hospice, which cared for his father-in-law. “Unless you find yourself in a position of need, people might not realise what a wonderful place North London Hospice is,” he told us.
“The care and support for our entire family has been incredible and I just wanted to do something to show our gratitude.”
Chris set up a fundraising page and received £1000 of donations in the first week. With just weeks to go 48-year-old Chris, who works for Winchmore Brickworks, is in full training mode. “The training isn’t easy. I do three 8k runs a week and three gym sessions to build stamina, but with the support from so many donations already, it’ll feel like my supporters are there with me on the day,” Chris added.
To donate to Chris’s page please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/chrishoutris
Meet the Carter Boys…..
Enfield brothers Andrew and Ryan Carter both have careers ahead of them in the field of sport. One studied Sports Coaching and Science and the other is in the midst of a Sports Therapy degree.
This may explain why the pair have chosen one of the toughest sporting challenges to raise funds for North London Hospice.
On Sunday 22nd April Andrew, 22, & Ryan, 18, will join thousands of others for the London Marathon and are aiming to raise £4000 for the Hospice which has supported many family friends and most recently cared for Ryan’s best friend’s mum in 2017.
“The Hospice has played a big part in our lives over the last few years, as the charity has given amazing care to many close friends who have sadly passed away,” said Andrew.
Ryan added: “When my best friend’s mum died last year, it showed me how much the hospice helps not only the patient but also the family around them. It spurred me on to apply to run in her memory once I was old enough”
The boys, who studied at St.Ignatius College in Enfield, are normally more used to running around a football pitch than a gruelling road race but are in full training mode for the 26-mile race.
They started with three runs a week and increased the time gradually until last week they completed a half-marathon at Lea Valley Park. “It was a challenge but we finished the course in good time and felt an achievement at the finish. It’s quite daunting to think we have to do double the distance on marathon day!” said Andrew.
“Sometimes it’s hard to keep motivated but we always remember the reasons why we are doing this and friends and family have been very supportive,” added Ryan.
If you’d like to support Andrew and Ryan please visit their fundraising page. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=TheCarterBrothers&isTeam=true