Local hairdresser Lauren Pulman from Garlinge near Margate will take part in Pilgrims Hospices’ Thanet 5k Colour Run for the second time on Sunday 20 October 2019. She is running in memory of two friends, Luke Williams and Paula Beach, who were cared for by the charity at the end of their lives.
In 2014 Lauren’s friend Luke sadly died at just 29 years old, and in February 2019 a family friend, Paula, passed away aged 63. Both Luke and Paula received Pilgrims’ care, so Lauren is taking on the Thanet 5k Colour Run in their memory to raise vital funds for the charity.
She said: “Luke and Paula were two amazing people. Paula was my friend Nick’s mum, she was a lovely, kind-hearted and generous lady who I feel so privileged to have known. Luke was one of Nick’s best friends, he was brave and kind and had his whole life ahead of him. It’s heartbreaking to lose someone so young.”
During one of the most difficult times of peoples’ lives, the hospice is a peaceful place with compassionate staff and support for everyone. I honestly feel happy knowing that my loved ones passed away there. At Pilgrims, everyone understands and respects the needs of patients and families.
Lauren’s grandparents, Joyce and Derek Pulman, were also cared for at the Thanet hospice, and she completed her first Thanet 5k Colour Run in 2018 in their memory. She is inspired to support Pilgrims as she wants others to be able to benefit from the same care and support that she and her loved ones have received:
“Pilgrims means a great deal to me. Over the years, the charity has been a huge comfort to me and my family. The care and support, not only for our unwell loved ones but also for the family around them, has been wonderful. It’s difficult wanting to be with loved ones when that’s not always possible. For times when you can’t be there, knowing that the wonderful Pilgrims’ team are on hand is amazing. They have such compassion and a gentle approach, nothing is too much. I am very thankful for their support.
“During one of the most difficult times of peoples’ lives, the hospice is a peaceful place with compassionate staff and support for everyone. I honestly feel happy knowing that my loved ones passed away there. At Pilgrims, everyone understands and respects the needs of patients and families. I have so much respect for the work that the Pilgrims’ staff do.”
Lauren will run in memory of her grandparents and her friends
Lauren is now in training for the Thanet 5k Colour Run on 20 October 2019. She hopes to beat her previous finish time of 32 minutes with the help of a personal trainer. She has also set up a JustGiving page and is well on the way to reaching her £200 fundraising target.
She added: “I want to support Pilgrims because they have played a big part in my life recently through family and friends. Luke and Paula were two very special people who were loved by so many, they had beautiful personalities and big hearts. I spent time with my nan and grandad in the hospice, so I know how important Pilgrims’ support is for families in need. Taking part in the Thanet 5k Colour Run is my way of saying thank you to Pilgrims, and helping to make sure that even though my loved ones aren’t here in person their wonderful memories live on.”
If you’d like to sponsor Lauren, visit her JustGiving page.
Want to get colourful for Pilgrims? Visit pilgrimshospices.org/colourrun to sign up now to run, jog or walk through bright paint clouds and get covered in colour in aid of local hospice care. Entry includes a white t-shirt, paint sachet, funky sunglasses and finisher’s medal.