Marathon runners raise £15,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice
Runners for St Elizabeth Hospice who completed the Virgin London Marathon raised around £15,000 to help fund the charity’s services.
Eleven runners, aged between 24 and 50, ran the 26 mile challenge for the Hospice, including the charity’s community fundraising team leader Rachael Maidment and the money raised has just been handed in.
Mrs Maidment, 30, of Stowmarket, finished the marathon in 7hours 44 minutes.
She said: “My supporters were fantastic and I couldn’t have done it without them. Those I was running for kept me going when I was so close to saying I need to stop. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages and donations – I am overwhelmed.”
Andrea Chupacova, St Elizabeth Hospice community fundraiser, was amongst the supporters who went to London to cheer the St Elizabeth Hospice team on from mile 17.
She said: “I would like to congratulate our runners for completing the London Marathon and say a huge thank you to them for choosing to run for the Hospice. I would also like to thank everyone who sponsored them. All money raised goes towards helping the Hospice improve life for people living with a progressive illness and provide our services free of charge.”
Pauline Barr, 33, of Felixstowe, completed the marathon in 4hours 3 minutes in memory of her mum who volunteered at the Hospice for 18 years.
She said: “I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to run in the event and thank everyone for all their support over the past few months.”
Ipswich Building Society area manager Paul Millar, 44, of Downham Market, finished in 4hours 59 minutes. He said: “If anyone gets the opportunity to watch, let alone run, the London Marathon then do it – it must be the most inspirational day of the year!”
Francois Bruwer, 37 of Aldeburgh did the marathon in 3hours 54 minutes.
He said: “It was a real privilege to be part of such a great event with so many people doing so much to raise money for such great causes. Just great to see so many people care so much”
Other runners and their completion times:
Sara Dann, 32, of Norwich – 6hrs 21 minutes
Simon Goldsmith, 38, of Little Bealings – 4hrs 45 minutes
Gi Cheung, 44, of Ipswich – 4hrs 21 minutes
Wendy Hughes of Stowmarket – 5hrs 6 minutes
Tim Keenan, 50, of Ipswich – 6hrs 39 minutes
Beverly Woodruffe, 36, of Brockdish – 5hrs 2 minutes
Stacey Stephenson, 24, of Felixstowe – 6hrs 34 minutes
If you are interested in running the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, we have five gold bond places available, or if you secured a ballot place why not choose us as your charity to run for.
We also have spaces available for the London Triathlon, the largest triathlon in the world on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2012. We ask you to raise a minimum of £1,000 sponsorship for the Hospice.
For more information please contact the fundraising team on 01473 723600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org