Cornwall Hospice Care’s London Marathon superstars

 

20 Cornwall Hospice Care runners from Penzance, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Wadebridge, Padstow, Newquay and Bodmin will be amongst the thousands setting off in this year’s London Marathon (Sunday 26 April).  Each one has a story to tell about why they’ve taken on the famous challenge in support of the charity and collectively they hope to raise thousands for Cornwall’s two adult hospices.

 

One of them will be George Berridge, originally from Wadebridge and now a Social Media Manager for the Sun newspaper in London. He’s running in memory of his Grandma, Isabella Hallsworth, who was cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. He says she is his inspiration;

 

“My Grandma passed away at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in 2012 aged 74. It was incredibly sad, especially as she had reached her prime late in life and had developed a love of travelling that was cut short by her illness.  Now her memory keeps me going, I have no excuse not to do the marathon as I have my health and I want to say thank you to the Cornwall Hospice Care teams who looked after her so well.”

 

“I hate running.  But that hasn’t stopped me training for this event and I think my bullish and stupid insistence on not letting my body have the last word comes from my Grandma. A loving and wonderful woman, generous, funny and kind.  I grew up watching her live her life with an iron will. It's for this reason that her illness came as such a blow to both her and the people who knew her. Watching cancer slowly extinguish a fire as hot as hers was something I hoped I would never have to see. But it is a cruel and merciless disease, which sadly cut her life short.”

 

“My Grandma spent the end of her life in Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, one of two run by Cornwall Hospice Care. She received an enormous amount of care, attention and in the end, passed peacefully and without pain.  I will never be able to fully thank Cornwall Hospice Care for what they did, but I can certainly try to make sure that they are able to do the same for others.  I aim to raise £1,650 but I would like to hit £2000 or more. £2000 could pay for one nurse for a month, someone to provide specialist care and support to both patients and family.”

 

George’s story will feature on the Cornwall Hospice Care website www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk from Monday 13 April as part of the charity’s #HospiceStories project.

 

To support George you can visit his fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/George-Berridge

 

19 other Cornwall Hospice Care runners will be joining George in London on Sunday 26 April and each has a story to explain why they have chosen to tackle the gruelling challenge of a marathon.

 

Representing Penzance will be Jamie Cree (Electrician), Sue Johns (works in Insurance) and Richard Bunce (Heath Service).   Jamie’s partner’s Mum was cared for at St Julia’s Hospice, where he says; “My family were deeply touched by the care and support provided to them all.” Sue, who has lived in Penzance all her life, has several close friends who have experienced St Julia’s. She says; “I was very impressed by all I heard about the hospice and want to support Cornwall Hospice Care because the county is lucky to have such a charity.”   Richard’s friend Derek Rowe passed away at St Julia’s and he is now a regular fundraiser, as well as being a competitive runner. Richard is a member of the Mounts Bay Harriers.

 

David Meehan of Redruth has already raised £20,000 for Cornwall Hospice Care, having run the London Marathon almost every year since 2006, only missing out 2013. His father spent time at St Julia’s Hospice in 2001. David’s brother, Antony was also allocated a place this year, but has had to drop out due to injury. Both are dedicated supporters and have helped at the charity’s Truro Santa Run and at Run Falmouth.  David works in the Hotel trade.

 

Joanne Wilkes from Penryn who works for the Health Service, lost her Mum to cancer at a Cornwall Hospice Care hospice. She was then inspired to help raise funds for the charity and last year trekked to Kilimanjaro, raising £3,500.

 

There are three Cornwall Hospice Care runners from Truro this year. They are Keith Hawksworth and his daughter, Eleanor and Paul Treweek. Keith and Eleanor are very committed to the charity, holding a big fundraising day at Screech Owl Sanctuary each year (this year it’s on 16 May).  They say in their marathon appeal; “Others face bigger challenges in life than this. Pain is just temporary but pride is forever.” Eleanor is a Beautician and Hairdresser. Paul’s Mum and sister, Pat and Nicola, have featured in Cornwall Hospice Care’s ongoing #HospiceStories project, talking about the care given to his father (Pat’s husband) at St Julia’s. Paul’s Grandmother was cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and his Auntie was cared for at both hospices. His Mum is a volunteer in the charity’s Perranporth shop. Paul is a member of Truro Running Club and is a Surveyor.

 

Six people from the St Austell area are supporting Cornwall Hospice Care at the marathon. Simon Ellison (Financial Analyst for Imerys), Matthew Kendall (Postal Worker) and his wife Carly (Radiographer), Charlotte Trethewey (Business owner), Hilary Nicholas (Administrator) and Ruth Simmons (Salesperson). Simon’s Mum passed away at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice ten years ago. A member of the St Austell Running Club, he’s a serious endurance runner and a fundraiser. Carly and Matthew Kendall are running in memory of close friend, Dr Lisa Bawden who died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice at the age of just 32. Carly has run for Cornwall Hospice Care before.  (Another person running in memory of Dr Bawden will be Karen Dunstan from Addlestone in Surrey. She was due to run for the charity last year but fell pregnant.)   Charlotte is also a member of St Austell Running Club and supports us, along with her husband Martin who ran the London Marathon two years ago and provides the mince pies for the Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Runs through his job at the Co-op.  Hilary meanwhile, says “I believe that keeping the hospices local is a benefit to all, making an anxious time a little easier for families, giving compassion and help when needed.”  Ruth says; “The work the hospices do is humbling and I admire the way people are treated with the utmost dignity and respect, allowing family members to be just that, while the nursing staff do the caring.”

 

Gemma Slaney is representing Bodmin. An Administrator, she is running in memory of her Dad and her Uncle, both of whom were cared for at Cornwall Hospice Care hospices. Her Mum, Jane Pinckney from Newquay is also running.

 

Kerry Jeans is from Padstow and works in the Retail Trade. She says; “I’m inspired by the fact the Cornwall Hospice Care nursing teams look after people with a range of illnesses from cancer to lung and heart disease and Motor Neurone disease.”

 

You can follow their progress on the day via #TeamCHC2015 #HospiceStories #hospicerunners