A marathon challenge to raise cash for Hartlepool hospice

Sarah Barker and friends are running in the Manchester Marathon for Alice House Hospice.
Sarah Barker and friends are running in the Manchester Marathon for Alice House Hospice.
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Runners are putting their best feet forward to raise cash for Hartlepool’s hospice.

Sarah Barker and a group of friends are competing in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 2, to raise funds for Alice House Hospice.

The quality of life she gained left us all eternally grateful to the hospice and staff

Sarah Barker

Sarah, who is organising the event in memory of her mum, Elizabeth Dobell, said: “Liz’s Marathon Army will be taking on the enormous task of completing the Manchester Marathon for a wonderful soul and my beautiful mam.”

In June last year Liz went to Alice House for pain management after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sarah said: “She loved it. The place, the staff, her gorgeous room and most definitely the food. She would often say to her friends and family that she couldn’t believe that she was entitled to such care and consideration.

“Alice House gave her time to enjoy her days without thinking about the terminal cancer label she had been given. She enjoyed time with her nearest and dearest focusing on things she wanted to do because the staff had effectively dealt with her pain and she felt human again.

“The quality of life she gained left us all eternally grateful to the hospice and the staff. We got our special lady back and her wonderful laugh.

“My mam asked us to do something to support the Hospice because she knew and valued the work they carry out. So far we have raised just over £5,000. We hope that goes some way in helping another family experience the support, compassion and dignity Alice House offers.”

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “On behalf of everyone at the hospice I would like to say a huge thank you to Liz’s Marathon Army and wish them the very best of luck with the run. The money raised so far is an incredible achievement and will be used to fund the care services that we pride ourselves on delivering.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Liz’s Marathon Army can do so by going to their online fundraising page at https://hartlepoolhospice-fundraiser.everydayhero.com/uk/sarah.

Alice House Hospice also has two places available for runners in the first Great Manchester Half Marathon, which will take place on May 28. th May 2017.

Anyone interested in taking up the challenge to support the hospice should contact Greg Hildreth at the Hospice on 01429 855529 or ghildreth@alicehousehospice.co.uk.