I’ve never run for charity before. There’s two reasons for that. The first is that I think if you’re running for charity, it ought to be some sort of challenge. For me, running a half marathon isn’t a challenge. It’s something I do every year – last year I even did three half marathons. Who wants to give money to charity just because Sarah is running another half marathon? Yawn!
And the other reason is that I really, really don’t like asking people for money. Yes, I know that’s silly. The money isn’t for me, it’s for charity and people aren’t obliged to donate, and I’m never offended by people asking me and I’m always very happy to give. But it’s still something I really struggle with.
But now I’m training for a marathon. That IS a challenge. Nobody is going to disagree with that. So I thought maybe I ought to use my marathon for good and raise money for a charity?
I’d been aware of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice for a while, thanks to my work writing local news stories. It’s the only inpatient palliative care unit in Gloucestershire, set in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cheltenham. It provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families. The service is free to patients, but the hospice costs £10,000 A DAY to run.
That sounds like a very good cause, doesn’t it?
I hope that none of us ever need it, but I’m aware that one day it could be me, my husband or my parents seeing out our last days there.
So I was already very tempted to run for Leckhampton Court and then something happened. A friend of a family member spent her last days there. She died way too young and left behind a young family. I didn’t even know her personally, but I was heartbroken for everyone she had left behind. I know that Leckhampton Court gave her wonderful care for those last few days and I wanted to do something to help.
My running buddy for the Newport marathon is my brother-in-law and we are both running for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, in memory of this lady.
As I haven’t got an official charity place, I don’t have to raise anything stupid like £2000, but I would like to raise as much as I can and if I could get up to £300, that would be amazing.
If you can spare a couple of quid for one woman running 26 miles for the first time in her life, but most of all for one who had to leave her children far too soon, I would be very grateful.
If you would like to sponsor me, you can do it here. Thank you!