Having been one of the lucky few to receive a ballot place for the 2020 London Marathon over three years ago, it is finally time to run it (various injuries and several bouts of Covid later), and with the freedom to be able to try and raise some cash for whichever charity I choose, I am fundraising for the Winchester Hospice, which is currently looking after my Grandma, Elizabeth Vowles.
Winchester Hospice is the only adult hospice in Winchester providing specialist palliative / end of life care. It is a wonderful place which really does the utmost to make things easier for patients and their families. The staff are so kind and can not do enough for you, always ready with a cup of tea and a listening ear - you can even take pets in. The rooms are really comfortable and there is a beautiful garden straight out of the Chelsea Flower Show (winning a gold medal, Best Sanctuary Garden and Best Construction for its class) where patients can enjoy the sunshine and spend time listening to the soothing waterfall.
Winchester Hospice is completely free for its patients, so needs to raise £500k a year to continue providing this outstanding care to the local community - so I wanted to fundraise for them as a thank you, and so others can continue to benefit from its services. When I signed up to run this marathon, Winchester Hospice hadn't yet opened its doors (only opening in 2021) but I know our family is really grateful that the hospice now exists and to its staff for everything they are doing, and relieved to be at the hospice which is far more relaxing and comfortable than in a hospital environment.
Any donations of any amount will be very much appreciated by myself, my family and the hospice so thank you in advance and hopefully it will get me through the marathon - as many of you know I have had half my left lung removed due to lung disease, so getting back into running after suffering badly from Covid has been particularly difficult...it is safe to say that currently I truly hate running and literally dread Sundays which means long runs!