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Meet the islanders set to run London Marathon for Jersey Hospice Care

Meet the islanders set to run London Marathon for Jersey Hospice Care

Monday 08 April 2024

Meet the islanders set to run London Marathon for Jersey Hospice Care

Monday 08 April 2024


Among the almost 60,000 people standing on the starting line of the London Marathon this month will be eight islanders running in aid of Jersey's only hospice.

Each participant has shared their personal reasons for taking on the challenge to raise funds for Jersey Hospice Care which supports islanders with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, or who are approaching the end of life.

Karl Fitzpatrick

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"My running challenge started in 2021 when a good friend's dad, Mr Alan Walters, sadly passed away at Jersey Hospice Care. I had the most fantastic experience running the London Marathon in 2022.

"Despite my recent injury, I will laugh, smile, dance, and enjoy every moment of the 26.2 mile course!”

You can sponsor Karl HERE.

Ashleigh Seymour

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"I have chosen to run for Jersey Hospice Care as not only were they exceptional for my grandmother in her final days, they’ve also provided many of my close friends with the much needed support through their loved ones’ final days, as well as in bereavement.

"What Hospice does to support individuals and families goes above and beyond words."

You can sponsor Ashleigh HERE.

Fiona MacKinnon-Fox and Jodie Botterill

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“Jodie and I will be running the London 2024 Marathon in memory of Sylvie, our friend, partner, and team-mate who lost her courageous battle with cancer in September 2022 – she was only 34 years old.

"Jersey Hospice Care provided invaluable care to Sylvie and her family/friends during her last few weeks with us and we would like to raise as much money as we can to ensure this charity can continue the amazing work and support they provide to islanders every single day.”

You can sponsor Fiona and Jodie HERE.

Maëlle Smith

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"I’m running in memory of my stepdad who sadly passed away from terminal illness and spent the last month of his life at Hospice.

"After experiencing what they do first hand, I can't put into words how grateful I am for all of the care they gave to him, as well as the support provided to my mum and family during a traumatic time."

You can sponsor Maëlle HERE.

Lizzie Inns

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“I‘m running the London Marathon in memory of my Mum and Dad, Jill and Chris Cole, who passed away in the wonderful care of Jersey Hospice Care just a year apart in 2019 and 2020.

"The team were amazing from the moment Dad arrived to the day he passed. The staff, the volunteers, the facilities, and even the atmosphere – it felt like such a positive environment despite everything.

"We all know losing our parents is inevitable, but to lose them so quickly and so close together was shocking and extremely tough to deal with.

"I also had help from the Jersey Hospice Care Bereavement team – who organised counselling sessions and offered ongoing support should I need it."

You can sponsor Lizzie HERE.

Tom Raynor

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“This will be my first marathon and I'm over the moon to have been chosen by Jersey Hospice Care to be a part of their team for London 2024!

"Jersey Hospice Care have looked after members of our family, and the service they gave was outstanding for the entirety of their stay.

"I have just tipped over my fundraising target and hoping to continue to raise important funds for the charity right up until the event!”

You can sponsor Tom HERE.

Simon Fanning

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“As many of you will be aware – and indeed a large number of you have joined previous challenges – I walked (with my good friend Paul Turrell) almost 900 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2020, and then in reverse in 2021, and the almost 500 miles of El Camino in 2023, with the primary aim of raising money for the charities run by a good friend, Mike Palfreman.

"This year, rather than walking extreme distances, I will be running the London Marathon in support of Jersey Hospice Care.”

You can sponsor Simon HERE.

Helen Ollivro

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“After a failed attempt last year (my knee gave way half way through training), I am pleased to say that this year I have completed my final long training run and will make that start line! It is going to be painful and not in a time that I would have liked - still injured and heavily taped - but I am DETERMINED to do this!

"'Jeffing' has become my new best friend.

"Whilst I managed to get a ballot place, I am raising funds for Hospice - a charity very close to my heart, which has helped so many of my family and friends over the years.”

You can sponsor Helen HERE.

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