Running to Support Hospice Care

Running to Support Hospice Care

Seven runners have raised over £1,500 for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care at this year’s Vitality Big Half, a community running festival which took place in London on Sunday 10 March.

Created as a running event which would bring together Londoners – and those from further afield – regardless of their age, background or running ability, the Vitality Big Half offers a host of running distances, from a half marathon right down to a one-mile course, as well as family-friendly food, music and activities. Phyllis Tuckwell’s seven runners all took part in the half marathon, which started by Tower Bridge and finished at the Cutty Sark, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich.

Taking part in the run were Phyllis Tuckwell’s own Director of Income Generation Peter Foxton, PA and Team Administrator Karen Day, Occupational Therapist Olga Monje-Fierro, and Retail Collections and Delivery Driver Dave Coombes. As well as raising money to help fund the care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides, they also raised awareness of this important local charity, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. You can still sponsor the team at www.pth.org.uk/make-a-donation.

“We would like to say a huge well done and thank you to our fantastic runners who have raised such an incredible amount of money to help fund our care,” said Samantha West, Community Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Together they have raised over £1,500, which could pay for nearly two weeks’ care from one of our Occupational Therapists, who help patients to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life, providing equipment or suggesting adaptations to patients’ homes which could make life easier, and teaching them coping techniques to manage symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety and breathlessness.”

Phyllis Tuckwell provides supportive and end of life care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, through a mix of medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this, which is why fundraising events such as this are so important. If you would like to find out more about supporting Phyllis Tuckwell, visit www.pth.org.uk/fundraising.