Rotary Marathon Supports Hospice Care

Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care has recently received a donation of £2,250 from the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club. The money was raised by the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon, which the Rotary Club organises every year.

Around 800 runners took part in the marathon on Sunday 8th September. It was a special year as, not only was it Phyllis Tuckwell’s 40th anniversary, it was also the Pilgrim Marathon’s 10th anniversary. To mark this ten-year milestone, the route was reversed, so runners ran the marathon backwards!

“We have supported Phyllis Tuckwell for several years now,” said Alastair Shanks, “and are very happy to help this important local charity. The Farnham Pilgrim Marathon is always a popular event and is voted one of the top ten marathons in the country!”

“We would like to thank Alastair, Brian, the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club and everyone who took part in the marathon, for this wonderful donation,” said Sarah Brocklebank, Chief Executive of Phyllis Tuckwell. “£2,250 could pay for nearly three week’s care from one of our Hospice Care at Home nurses, who visit patients who have chosen to spend their last days, and to die, in the comfort of their own homes, instead of in hospital or at the Hospice. As well as providing compassionate nursing care, our nurses also offer emotional support to the families and carers of our patients.”

Sarah Brocklebank will be retiring as Chief Executive of Phyllis Tuckwell at the end of March, and the charity’s new Chief Executive, Sarah Church, also attended the cheque presentation. Sarah Church has lived in and around the local area for much of her life and is excited to have joined the organisation. “I’m very impressed with the passion and commitment of the people at Phyllis Tuckwell and am looking forward to leading the charity through the next phase of the care we offer to local people in our community,” she said. “It is lovely to meet some of our local supporters, like the Rotary, and I look forward to meeting more as soon as we are able. These are challenging times as we are all facing uncertainty around the Coronavirus pandemic. The impact that this will have on our fundraising income will be significant. If you are able to make a donation of any amount to help us cope with this anticipated decrease in income, we would be very grateful.”

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