Sarah Gregory (50) from Broadstairs took part in Pilgrims Hospices’ Thanet 5k Colour Run on Sunday 21 October in memory of her mum, Shirley Sharp, who was cared for by the charity in 2013-14. Sarah hopes that her fundraising will mean other families can continue to benefit from local hospice care.
As part of her fiftieth birthday celebrations this year, Sarah created a list of 50 things she wanted to do; one of them was to complete the Thanet 5k Colour Run, with the added challenge of getting at least 10 others to join her. On the day, ‘Team Sarah’ had more than 30 members including Sarah’s husband Mark, their children Grace and Luke, Sarah’s brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Nicola and their sons George and Jacob, as well as friends and colleagues. Sarah pledged that for every team member who gave £1 she would match it, which meant that she was able to make a £70 donation to Pilgrims by taking part in the event.
Mum always felt safe in the hospice, she found peace and support there. I’ll never be able to repay my thanks and appreciation to Pilgrims for the way they cared for Mum and the fantastic support they gave her and our family.
Sarah said: “Mum always felt safe in the hospice, she found peace and support there. I’ll never be able to repay my thanks and appreciation to Pilgrims for the way they cared for Mum and the fantastic support they gave her and our family. She had four grandchildren, the youngest was seven when she died, and they also found the hospice a supportive, friendly and peaceful environment. From the nursing and medical staff to the volunteers, chaplains and kitchen staff, everyone did their bit to support us.
“I took part in the Thanet 5k Colour Run to help ensure that other families can receive the same compassionate care that we did. My fundraising is just a little donation to go towards the fantastic work that Pilgrims do, and a way to help raise awareness about my local hospice charity.”
If you missed our Thanet 5k Colour Run and would like to join in the next event, and this time with your dog, sign up for Paws 4 Pilgrims on Sunday 24 March 2019. Call Karen Kenward for further details on 01843 233 934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.