On your marks to run for Pilgrims Hospices!
Lucky runners who have places in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon are being urged to consider raising sponsorship for Pilgrims Hospices.
Places in the world’s best known 26 mile running event were allocated recently and many athletes will now be embarking on their training programme ahead of the big day on Sunday 21 April. Around 35,000 people are expected to take part.
Pilgrims Hospices would be delighted to hear from any marathon runner prepared to raise money for the charity in return for a support package which includes a branded running vest and training tips.
They will become part of Team Pilgrims which already has five members. For the first time, Pilgrims has been offered five ‘gold bond’ places in next year’s marathon and these have been awarded to Lucinda Cavalier from Canterbury, Jayne Dunsbee from Ash, near Sandwich, Ella Brocklebank from Chartham, Nigel Ross-Hunt from Broadstairs, and Tom Langlands from Folkestone.
Pilgrims Regional Fundraising Manager Nigel Donkin said: “We were delighted to be offered the gold bond places and so pleased we were able to offer them to five people who are very supportive of the hospices. They are hoping they will be able to raise £20,000 between them for us.
“We’re hoping now we can also persuade others who have places of their own to seek sponsorship on our behalf. We would be very happy to supply them with a Team Pilgrims vest, training information and sponsor sheets.”
Nigel can be contacted on 01233 504102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, our gold bond place winners have been telling us a little more about what motivates them to run for Pilgrims:
Nigel Ross-Hunt from Broadstairs said: “I have just spent eight weeks sitting with my brother in law Paul at the hospice in Thanet. I was amazed at the love and care everyone gave him. He knew I was a runner and it always put a smile on his face when I ran to the hospice to see him.
“The Virgin London Marathon is the most inspirational and emotional marathon in the world and to run it is my way of giving something back to the hospice and keeping Paul’s memory alive.
“Turning the last corner in front of Buckingham Palace and running those few yards along the Mall is the most incredible feeling and I am so looking forward to the challenges it brings.”
Lucinda Cavalier from Canterbury said: “Next year’s marathon will be my first and I’m so excited! Running that and doing my final university exams in the same fortnight is a daunting prospect but I’m totally looking forward to the challenge.
“Running for Pilgrims Hospices means a lot to me as I want to repay at least a tiny bit of what it did for a member of my family. For a few days it meant the world of difference to all of us. As a team we’re all raring to go and hopefully we’ll go above and beyond our fundraising target!”
Jayne Dunsbee from Ash near Sandwich, said: “I have been raising funds for Pilgrims Hospices in all sorts of ways for nearly 30 years. Running the London Marathon for Pilgrims is definitely one of the biggest – and most exciting – challenges yet!
“Next year is my ’Big Birthday Year’ and running the marathon will not only fulfil a lifelong wish, it is also really timely as I have a degenerative hip problem so it’s literally now or never! My aim is to enjoy every minute of this once in a lifetime experience, have a lot of fun on the day, and raise a huge amount of money for Pilgrims! I intend to wear an eyecatching fancy dress outfit - any suggestions welcome! - to raise even more funds as, in my role as a volunteer working at Pilgrims, I know every penny raised makes a really positive difference to our patients and their families.”
Ella Brocklebank, from Chartham, said: “As a long-term supporter of Pilgrims Hospices I am delighted to be part of ‘Team Pilgrims’. Pilgrims Hospices supported my family when we lost my Dad to cancer in April this year, caring for him (and us) in his final hours with such compassion. I will be so very proud to run and raise money for Pilgrims in Dad’s memory, making London 2013, while my third marathon, the most meaningful 26.2miles of my life. I hope I will do him proud.”
Tom Langlands, from Folkestone, said: “I am thrilled to be running the marathon for Pilgrims Hospices. When my Dad passed away from cancer in 2001 it took a decade and my first London Marathon to miraculously get some closure and start anew.
“This will be my third consecutive London Marathon and I’m setting out with two goals: to win a 2013 London Marathon finishers’ medal for my youngest daughter, Emily, who never met her Seaside Grandad and raise a truck load of cash for Pilgrims Hospices just because they care. I have fierce determination, lots of imagination, the love and support of my family and friends and a great team of fellow Pilgrims on my side – that’s all I need for starters!”