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Hospiscare Heroes – From the London Marathon to golfing fundraisers

Our Hospiscare Heroes have been flexing their super powers to support our charity in an incredible variety of ways

Our Hospiscare Heroes are truly super; week after week, they support our local charity with their fundraising endeavours across Exeter, Mid and East Devon and help to save our services for the future.

From all of us at Hospiscare, we are sending a huge thank you to all of our Hospiscare Heroes. Read on to find out how they have been flexing their super powers this week.

We’d like to begin this week’s blog with an enormous thank you to all of the amazing people who took on the London Marathon on Sunday 2 October 2022.

So far, collectively, #TeamHospiscare has raised over £32,000! We are incredibly proud of everyone who took part and we’re sending our most grateful thanks to our runners and to every person who supported them, whether by cheering on the side-lines or donating to their fundraising. Here are just a few of our runners in action:

Two photos of a man in a Hospiscare London Marathon vest

Firstly, we would like to thank and congratulate Mark Searle, son of Hospiscare founding chairs, Dr John and Elizabeth Searle.

Mark chose to run in this year’s London Marathon to honour his mum, who was sadly pulled off her tenth marathon in aid of Hospiscare last year due to ill health. Shortly afterwards, Elizabeth was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in her bones and died aged 78 on 29 December 2021.

Mark was determined not only to take on the full marathon, but also to complete Liz’s final seven miles. To further honour her legacy, Mark pledged to raise £8,000 with his challenge to bring Liz’s fundraising for Hospiscare to a grand total of £100,000.

Mark has gone above and beyond his goal, raising over £10,100! Read the full story here.

A woman in front of a mirror saying Run London

Thank you and well done to Carol Hounsell who completed the course and raised a fantastic £2,560.95!

A group of runners in the London Marathon

Here’s Chris Duchenski, keeping positive and waving to us, from the course. Well done Chris – your marathon has raised £1,194.53 for Hospiscare!

Two women wearing running vests and medals

Thank you and well done to Jennie Scott and Gail Thorpe who are sporting their well-deserved medals in the photo above. Jennie raised £2,596 and Gail raised £3,955 – phenomenal!

A woman in running gear giving the camera a smile and thumbs up

Here’s Katie Clements – showing us all how to look fabulous and positive while running a marathon! Well done to Katie for raising £1,690.40!

A close-up of a woman holding up a medal

Here’s Katie Redfern looking super proud, and rightfully so, of her London Marathon 2022 medal! Katie raised a fantastic £4,564.50!

A woman in running gear holding a medal

Ros Vincent is rocking the ‘cape after a marathon’ look – a huge well done Ros for raising £839.62!

A woman in running gear holding a medal in London

Thank you and well done to Sarah Jackson for completing the course and raising £2,211!

We may not have captured a snap of him, but we are also sending our most grateful thanks to Nick Westcott, who raised £2,733!

Two women holding a big cheque outside

We would also like to thank Sue Ritchie, Captain of the Devon County Veterans Ladies Golf Association, for choosing to partner with Hospiscare. The DCVLGA raised a fantastic £636!

Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to Jo Culpin who took on the Exe Estuary Half Marathon for Hospiscare. Although it was a challenging route, Jo completed her half marathon and raised a fantastic £70 for Hospiscare!

We would also like to thank Brian from Winding Paths UK for his support and for organising such a wonderful event.

We love hearing your stories about how your are fundraising for Hospiscare so please get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter to share your photos and fundraising tales. 

If you would like to fundraise for us, please visit our fundraising page to find out more.