fiona dunn

My First Marathon

Fundraising for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice (Chichester)
raised of £2,000 target
by 80 supporters
Donations cannot currently be made to this page
Event: London Marathon 2022, on 2 October 2022
In memory of Meta And Jimmy Dunn
We provide end of life care services to local people.


Some of you may remember that I was due to run my first ever full marathon in Brighton 18 months ago. Many of you were generous to donate back then. Then the pandemic hit, the marathon was cancelled and life changed for me forever.

 My dear Dad was diagnosed on the first day of lockdown with terminal cancer. In a very strange way, I was fortunate to loose all my work and therefore be able to go and sit in my parents garden and spend time with him in that glorious and unexpected sunshine. Dad was magnificent but the disease took him in 13 weeks. It was my very great privilege to make the decision (in gloves and masks) to go inside in his final days and be able to help mum to care for him. St Wilfrids was the charity that became our lifeline. Despite the restrictions they always answered our calls, they listened to our fears, questions and anguish. They arrived in full PPE and talked through windows just when we needed more help. Finally, and with great dignity they took dad to their beautiful hospice. He died peacefully 2 days later as the sunset in their wonderful gardens.

6 months later, my dear mum was given a similar cancer diagnosis. Mum made another 8 weeks and then went to be with dad. They had been each others sweethearts for 60 years so they weren't meant to be apart. 

Again St Wilfrids came to our every call. Mum died at home with St Wilfrid's Home Team, like angels, arriving day and night to make an awful situation just that little bit easier.

So now, it is my great privilege to accept their offer to run the London Marathon in October in order to raise money for them.

St Wilfrids get no public funding and rely on fundraising to make their 6 million pounds they need each year.

I know I have asked before for money and friends have repeatedly given with great generosity (BTW-  the money that was given last time I almost ran, went, with huge thanks, to Chestnut Tree Charity for Children with Life-Shortening Illness's)

I know too, that this has been 2 years where many people have had sad and difficult times both personally and financially. 

So- I ask again...because its still needed. Anything at all you can spare...however small...will all go to making a proper and everyday difference.

I will do the running...I am dreading it... but I will be inspired as I see the total going up..

many many thanks


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About the charity

St Wilfrid’s Hospice provides tailored end of life care both in the community and at our Hospice, supporting our patients living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends. We rely on the generous support of our community to raise the £8million we need each year to fund our services.

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