A SCHOOLBOY and his two cousins ran more than 10 miles in memory of his loving mum just two months after she lost her brave fight with cancer.
Jack Woodward, 13, along with Chloe Hockborn and Kieran Ferguson, both 17, raised an amazing £2,050 for Hartlepool & District Hospice when they completed a challenging run from Seal Sands to the Headland and then up to Bishop Cuthbert.
Caring Jack immediately decided he wanted to support the hospice after he lost his mum, Helen, in December last year.
The 51-year-old mum of three was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August but sadly lost her life just four months later.
But her sister-in-law, Joanne Hockborn, the mum of Chloe, said Helen will be looking down on the three runners with immense pride.
Joanne, 37, a barber and mum-of-two who lives in Bishop Cuthbert, said: “Helen would have been absolutely amazed, they have done her proud.
“Helen’s loss is still raw, it was only a matter of months ago but they decided straight away that they wanted to do this in her memory and to raise as much as they have done is brilliant.
“It was a long way to run, 10.5 miles in total, from Seal Sands back road to the Headland and then up to Bishop Cuthbert but they were all so dedicated to completing it.
“They had so much support from so many people, it wasn’t just family and friends but so many others who found out about what they were doing and wanted to sponsor them.”
Joanne’s other child, Lewis, 12, also showed his support by doing the run with the three fundraisers, but he didn’t get sponsored.
Delighted hospice staff thanked the fundraising trio for their incredible effort.
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said: “This is a wonderful tribute to a lady who was obviously very much loved. The money raised will be used to fund our patient care services.
“On behalf of all of the staff and patients at the hospice, I would like to thank Chloe, Kieran and Jack for their fantastic efforts.”
The money donated is a huge boost to the patient care services at the hospice.
The facility provides a range of services to people in Hartlepool and East Durham suffering with life-limiting illnesses including a day hospice, inpatient unit and bereavement support.
All of the services are provided free but only 34 per cent of the hospice’s running costs are met by the NHS, the rest has to be raised through voluntary contributions, events and support from the local community.
Janice added: “This is just another example of the amazing support we get from people in the community, it’s such a boost for us and we can’t thank our supporters enough.”