Our local hospice charity is encouraging our community to get their running shoes on for a new virtual challenge.
Marathon in a Month is a new challenge event from Hospiscare, the hospice charity for Exeter, Mid and East Devon.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on our charity’s fundraising efforts since March, causing many fundraising events to be cancelled. Despite this, Hospiscare hopes to bring the community together – while socially distanced of course – to take on a marathon challenge and raise vital funds for local people living with a terminal illness.
Taking place throughout the month of October, participants can walk, jog or run to complete the 26.2 mile challenge in 31 days. Marathon in a Month allows participants to choose their level of challenge – whether that’s walking or jogging a few miles each day or even running a marathon every weekend in October.
The event is open to everyone, from seasoned runners to those who are just starting out on their couch to 5k journey. It’s a great opportunity to get the whole family involved – even four-legged family members can take part!
By stepping up to this challenge and raising sponsorship money, you can help us continue our vital care for people and families living with terminal illnesses across Devon.
We are predicting a £1 million deficit to our funding this year. Hospiscare relies on the local community and income from fundraising events to fund 85% of our services, which allows patients and families to access free, outstanding palliative care when they need it most.
Our vital work has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic with our specialist ward in Exeter remaining open and patients continuing to receive end-of-life care in their own homes.
To sign up to Marathon in a Month and support people living with a terminal illness in our community, click here.