If you have won a place in the London Marathon 2019 ballot and are still deciding which charity to support, please do consider running for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.
We will help you by:
- promoting your fundraising page and events
- offering advice on how to fundraise or get more sponsorship
- supplying a Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity running vest!
For more information, please contact Teresa King on email@example.com.
Your time and effort will help us continue to run a range of palliative and end-of-life care services to people in Buckinghamshire and parts of Oxfordshire and south Bedfordshire who have life-limiting illnesses such as chronic lung conditions, cancer and neurological conditions.
The Virgin London Marathon is the world’s largest annual single-day fundraising event – last year’s race raised a record-breaking £63.7million for charities.
Dan Brown ran the London Marathon in 2017. He says: "I witnessed firsthand what an incredible place the Florence Nightingale Hospice is in early 2015, when my mum spent her last few months being cared for there. Despite what was an upsetting and horrible time for the whole family, the care, compassion and support that we witnessed at the time and since from FNHC has been incredible and inspiring. I'll never forget my nephew's 3rd birthday, which fell when Mum was in the hospice and coming to the end of her days. We were given an entire day room to ourselves, and allowed time and space to celebrate together as a family - a rare moment of "normality" in a harrowing time.
"I genuinely and strongly believe that the care we received at the hospice and our experience there allowed Mum to pass away in relative comfort, calmness and most of all dignity, all of which would have been an impossibility anywhere else but at the Florence Nightingale Hospice.
"Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is a charity that really means so much to me and my family, and countless others. As well as providing end of life care, they also provide a whole host of services from bereavement counselling, a day hospice and a lymphoedema clinic, and I urge you to visit their website to find out more. It is not a nationwide charity and only has one centre, and unlike the bigger charities FNHC have only one London Marathon space a year - so I have the honour (and slightly scary responsibility) of filling it!
Dan, who was the official FNHC Charity place holder, raised over £5,000 including a £500 donation from his employer. “I had a fantastic time,” he told us. “It was an incredible atmosphere and I really enjoyed it. My left leg started giving me a bit of trouble after halfway so I had to slow down a fair bit and finished slower than I was hoping for, but still got round in 4hrs 37mins. I had a great support team too, my fiancée, dad, step-dad and a large group of friends were there plus my sisters were watching on TV and managed to see me go across the line which was great!”
Graham Tucker also ran in 2017. He says: "Having worked at large national charities, and raised funds for them in the past, I chose to raise money for a local charity this time.
"I thought a lot about what charity to run for - there's so many worthwhile causes in the world today. Having had close family members cared for by this charity and to make the most of the event, I decided to run for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. FNHC is an amazing organisation and I'm really proud to be running for them.
"My mum (Maureen) has been involved with fundraising for FNHC in the past and has been spearheading my donation campaign."
Graham raised £3,256 including Gift Aid.
“The race for me consisted of two halves - on track for a sub-4 hour up till around 16 miles and then my legs turned to lead,” he wrote. “I think this is what's known as "the wall". Merely putting one foot in front of the other was a challenge. The support and encouragement from the crowds and marshals was amazing and carried me through the final 10 miles. My finish time was eventually 4 hours 26 minutes cheered over the finish line by my wife Rachel, mum Maureen and sister Erica. What an amazing experience - I would recommend any budding runners to apply for the ballot."