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Local mum Rebecca takes on hospice running challenge

Posted on 23 October 2017

Rebecca Knock from Herne Bay is a regular Pilgrims Hospices fundraiser. She’s been running to support Pilgrims services for some time and now adds her name to others who are joining the ‘Santas on the Run’ 5K fundraiser on Sunday 3 December.

The family-friendly event will take place in Herne Bay where hundreds of supporters, all dressed in a Santa suits will run, jog and generally have some keep-fit fun along Herne Bay sea front.

Rebecca said: “Around two years ago my sister Ruth was diagnosed with cancer. She was cared for at Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury last year and, our family are so very grateful for the services and support they shared with Ruth, my Mum and my sisters and brothers, the care was second to none.

“We are a large family and making us all feel welcome was never too much trouble. Whether it was from a friendly volunteer offering a cup of tea just when needed, or a brilliant Pilgrims nurse sharing time to comfort in our hour of need, we will never forget the kindness.

“Dad passed away from cancer six years ago and when Ruth was diagnosed at the age of 46 years, I knew I must do something to make sure I looked after my own health the best I possibly could. A friend suggested started running and I nearly fell over laughing. I never thought within such a short time I would be going from couch to 5K and then 10K and still further to ½ marathons with next year’s Brighton Marathon firmly in my sight.”

As the busy wife of Jay and mother of Kiera 10 years and Freddie 6 years Rebecca finds the time she spends running really therapeutic, giving her time to think and plan her busy working week.

The children who both regularly take part in Junior Park Runs and attend the local Herne Bay Infant and Junior schools will be joining her for Santas on the Run. Rebecca also works at the local Sainsbury store in Whitstable and is encouraging her colleagues to join in the fun too.

We can’t wait to get dressed up in our Santa suits.

Rebecca said: “We can’t wait to get dressed up in our Santa suits, complete with fluffy beards.   The entry fee includes the suit and a finisher’s medal. Anything our family and I can do to help Pilgrims Hospices raise important funds is a bonus. We hope lots more Santas come to join us for this very special event.”

Deborah Kellond, Pilgrims Community Fundraising Manager said: “Rebecca’s story is one of the many inspirational ones that I hear every day at Pilgrims. We are absolutely delighted that she has risen to the fitness challenge and that she is encouraging so many others to support our brand new event.

Please share your support and register to join in. Every penny raised can truly make a difference to those who need our care the most. You don’t need to be an athlete for this fun event, just some good festive spirits will do!”

Every penny raised can truly make a difference.

You can register for the event here or contact Deborah Kellond, Pilgrims Community Fundraising Manager for more information.

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.



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