New Year – New You

Looking for a New Year’s resolution that really matters? Hoping to shed those additional festive pounds? Then strap your running shoes on and put your best foot forward for us.

We’re looking for runners to take part in the Surrey Half, Brighton and London Marathon next year. We currently have a few places left for both the London and Brighton Marathon, so anyone interested should apply as soon as possible, and ideally before the 10 January.

We’ve also still got places for what will be a very exciting inaugural run at the Surrey Half Marathon on 9 March 2014. We’re hoping to get a team of 100 together to make this a truly unforgettable experience. Our Chief Executive Nigel Harding has already signed up, and you can read more about how his training is going in our Hospice100 blog here.

People who sign up to run for us can count on plenty of support and training advice leading up to the big day, and in return we hope they’ll raise money for us. People often sign up and run for various reasons, so here is an example of two who have already done so:

Natalie Dilloway, 30 from Chertsey, will be running the London marathon for the third time raising money for Sam Beare, where her father was cared for during the last few weeks of his life. “Every second that I train, every mile that I run and every penny that I’ll raise is all in memory of the world’s best Dad,” explains Natalie, who previously has raised £4,500 for us by running the London Marathon. “My family’s lives changed forever when we found out that there was nothing more the doctors could do for my Dad, but the absolutely amazing and faultless care of everyone at the Sam Beare Hospice made things that bit easier for us, and I’m running to raise as much money as I can to say thank you and give something back,” adds Natalie.

Kelvin Franklin, 38 from West End will also be running the London Marathon to raise money for Woking Hospice, where his father passed away earlier this year after losing his brave 9 year-long battle with cancer. “After my Father passed away I felt empty and confused, as if I had a puzzle with lots of missing pieces. I contacted the Hospice to see if I could speak to a counsellor, and after a number of sessions I was able to slot the puzzle together and understand my own feelings around the events of my Fathers illness and passing,” explains Kelvin and adds, “I can’t do enough to thank the Hospice for the care my Father received and for helping me at a very hard time in my life.”

So if you’d like to join us or read more about our different runs please visit our event page.