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I am running my first ever competitive race for Sue Ryder because they helped my family when we most needed it.

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  • In memory of: Kathleen Thomas
  • Event: 55km Ultimate Trails Challenge, 08 Jul 2018

Sue Ryder

We give people compassion and expert care to help them live the best life they can

Charity Registration No. 1052076

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

In early 2016 my Mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the early part of that year she received treatment to attempt to hold back the illness which gave us time to spend precious time with each other creating memories that I will never forget whilst she stayed with us at home. By September of that year it became necessary for mum to receive specialist palliative care that we could not provide and so she was thankfully moved to St Johns Hospice in Moggerhanger, where she had hoped she would be able to spend her last days.

Having no experience of Hospices or palliative care I was worried about how things would be, but immediately on arrival we were made to feel at ease, the staff were amazing, they looked after my Mum initially with fun and laughter and later when that was no longer possible, they continued to make sure of her comfort and provided her with the dignity that she deserved.  Throughout this time they would keep an eye on my brother and I, making such a hard time for us all as easy as possible -talking us through what was happening and explaining what may lie ahead always in a honest way.

I was told by a young doctor who was working there at the time that until a patient dies they are still alive and deserve to still have the best life that can be given -this they provided.

The home relies massively on charitable donations to stay open providing the amazing service that they do and I always said that I wanted to try and help in some way.

Over the past 6 months I have volunteered at St Johns on a few days to try and help look after their garden, which has been good for both myself and the hospice.  Then earlier this year I saw an advert for an ultra marathon in the Lake District and thought "I could do that".

Having never entered any type of run and being a far from regular jogger what could possibly go wrong! I enrolled in 55km Ultimate Trails Challenge and the training began.

The irony of knowing that if Mum was still here she would have said I was mad and would wonder why on earth I would want to run that far!. But I also know she would be so proud that I was trying and even prouder of the reason behind it.

I have always had a love for the lake district, such a beautiful place and to be able to run through it in memory of my Mum whilst hopefully raising some money to help other people who are in a similar situation, means the world to me.

Please help in any way you can, thank you. Wish me luck for 8th July!

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