On Sunday 23rd April, 11 inspiring runners set out from Greenwich, South London, on a mission to run 26.2 miles for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice at the world-famous London Marathon. Running through streets lined with cheering crowds and passing many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, they experienced an exhilarating but challenging run across London to the finish line in view of Buckingham Palace. Along with the huge sense of achievement they felt when they crossed the line, they were greeted by supportive family and friends and awarded with a medal – some were even presented theirs by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William & Katherine, or Prince Harry!

The hospice’s fundraising runners; James Percival, Helen Harris, Paul Hadland, Emily Mann, Marco Fortmann, Andy Cook, Andy Gordon, Veenay Rana, Fatiha Laauich, David Bason and Stewart Pearman each had a target to raise a minimum of £1200 in sponsorship for the hospice. In the run-up to the marathon they had worked tirelessly to raise funds alongside their busy training schedule. The team have collectively raised over £18,000! A fantastic figure which is still rising!

Hospice Fundraiser, Natalie Smith, said “We’re so proud of #TeamMAEH! They have done an exceptional job, not only to get through the 26.2 miles, which is both mentally and physically challenging, but also to raise a fantastic amount in sponsorship to ensure the hospice can continue to provide care and support to patients with a life-limiting illness. Some of our runners have had personal experience of the support the hospice provides to families and therefore marathon day can get very emotional. It is fantastic to have such inspirational people who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to not only reaching their personal goals, but running in memory of a loved one, or raising funds for a local good cause.

The total sponsorship raised will be announced at the Hospice’s Annual Garden Party on Saturday 24th June at the hospice. Make sure you’re there to say a massive well done to all of the team!”

Inspired? To find out how you can be part of #TeamMAEH in 2018 and benefit from a team meeting to share training tips, cheer points along the course provided by Hospice UK along with a post-race reception (including a well-deserved re-energising meal and post-race massage), please contact Natalie on 024 7686 5439 or Natalie.Smith2@geh.nhs.uk for an application form.