Healthcare Assistant Takes on the London Marathon
Eighteen of the thousands of runners taking on the London Marathon this year will be raising funds for us here at Cornwall Hospice Care. Each has their own reasons for tackling the world famous challenge, including staff member, Emma Eden.
Emma Eden started running after her friend’s sister died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice where Emma works as a Healthcare Assistant. “Danielle Billing was a single mum with a young son who played rugby with my boy” explains Emma, “her family are all lovely and it was her sister, Tasha who first persuaded me to take part in the Rat Run in 2015, a race I’ve done twice now. I’ll be running in memory of two people in particular, Danielle and my close friend Donna’s dad, Terry Grigg. When I hit the infamous wall during the marathon, I’ll think of them both and all the other people I’ve helped to care for and I’m sure it’ll see me through.”
Emma’s worked at Cornwall Hospice Care for nine years and says she hopes her role will bring attention to the charity’s work supporting families across the county who are facing terminal illness. “I want to represent the care we provide and bring a focus to the people I work alongside” explains Emma, who says she’s looking forward to the atmosphere in London and completing the marathon, but dreading losing her toe nails, a common complaint for long distance runners.
Recently Emma ran 13 miles with her brother, Jason Truman who’s acting as her trainer, “He’s already done the London Marathon” says Emma, “so he’s an ideal coach. We ran from Bodmin to Wadebridge and back on the Camel Trail on a damp and dull day, but it felt amazing and I was buzzing when we achieved the distance. Now we’ve got to build on that so I’m ready for London at just the right moment.”
Emma’s fundraising goal is £2,000 and she’s already held a Swishing Party where people exchange their unwanted clothes with others. Next will be a sponsored swim being done by her close friend Donna Dumbleton at St Austell’s Leisure Centre on the 1st of April. Donna’s Dad Terry died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, another link to the specialist care Emma and her colleagues provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emma reckons she has the same worries as most people who take on a physical challenge, but says the rewards far outweigh any pre-event nerves, “I needed a goal, a focus if you like, and I’m really proud to be doing this at the age of 43. I’d like to thank everyone who’s supporting my challenge and particularly the anonymous person who, in a random act of kindness, left me a voucher to pay for the new running shoes I so desperately needed.”
To support Emma’s London Marathon challenge 2018, donate to her online fundraising page by CLICKING HERE.
Pictured above left is Danielle Billing, one of the people Emma will be remembering as part of her challenge.
Pictured above right are Emma Eden (from left to right) Julie Tinnian, Tasha Lewis and Kirstie Nancarrow in 2015 when they took on the Rat Run.