On the 23rd April six Hospice supporters took to the streets of the capital to participate in the 37th Virgin London Marathon.

Over the past few months the team have been busy training in the cold, wind and rain in preparation for the famous 26.2mile race.

They have also been busy raising funds for the Hospice, which relies on the community to provide 90% of its income.

Hayley Bunn from Dersingham has raised over £2,000 for the Hospice. After Hayley’s father died three years ago she started running with aim of raising funds for cancer charities. She wanted to raise money for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House as she knew from her own experience how important it is to the local community, not just to patients but also their families. 

Sam Turpin was due to the run in last year’s team but had to pull out just before race day due to an injury.  Sam was the first team member across the finish line in 3hours and 55minutes. Sam is now preparing  to run GEAR for the Hospice on Sunday 30th April.

Dene Wood, Head Gardner at Holkham Hall, finished in 4 hours and 6minutes. Dene has raised almost £2,500 for the Hospice, of which over £1,000 was raised at a quiz night held at Holkham on 7th April.

Cassy Blackmur had been told by the doctors she would never run again after sustaining an injury whilst training to run the London Marathon for the Hospice in 2015. Thankfully, she proved the doctors wrong and completed this year’s event in 4hours and 21minutes. Cassy was inspired to raise funds for the Hospice by her Nan, Val, who regularly fundraises for the Hospice and has raised thousands of pounds over the years. Val is currently organising a Teddy Bear day at Bircham Windmill on Saturday 29th April.

Rob Brown, a member of Hunstanton Roundtable, chose to run for the Hospice as it is close to his family’s heart. The Hospice has been providing support to Rob’s grandad after the loss of his wife. Rob’s grandad visits the Hospice twice a month for support. Rob said,

They are very caring people who help people with the loss of loved ones and my family and I are very grateful he has someone else to talk to and help him get over this sad time.

Rob finished in 4hours and 38minutes.

Alex Wood also ran for the Hospice. Alex chose to run for the hospice as his dad received Hospice care. Alex finished in 6hours and 27minutes.

Lyndsay Carter, Chief Executive at The Norfolk Hospice said

They have all dedicated huge amounts of time to train for the marathon and also to raise funds for the Hospice. The London Marathon is a fantastic event to be part of and raises millions for charities across the UK, we are extremely grateful to have a team of amazing people take part on our behalf.

The Norfolk Hospice is already looking to recruit a team of runners for next year’s marathon. Anyone interested can apply for a ballot place through the London Marathon between Monday 1st May and 17:00 on Friday 5th May and or contact Lindsey Atkin at the Hospice on 07908 162 038.