Runners go the distance for Winchester Hospice

Over 25 Winchester Hospice runners took part in the Winchester Half Marathon, running to raise vital funds and awareness for the fundraising appeal to create a hospice for the local community in Winchester, run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Friday 05 October 2018

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Winchester Hospice Supporters , Bishop Tim

The fundraising appeal for Winchester Hospice aims to raise over £2.5 million to create a 10-bed hospice in Winchester.

A number of specialist services run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be available both on site and in the community, including a hospice at home service, which will support patients who wish to remain in their own home when they are in the last few weeks of their life.

With no hospice currently situated in the city, Winchester Hospice will mean that patients and their families spend less time travelling to receive care or visit a loved one, and more time enjoying special moments together.

Included in those going the extra mile for the Winchester Hospice were a group of 22 people from Churches Together, which runs initiatives throughout the city such as Night Shelter for the homeless and the Basics Bank.

Reverend George Watkinson is just one of the group who completed the 13.13 mile route through the city of Winchester.

Reverend George Watkinson said: “Raising money for the much-needed hospice in Winchester is a natural extension of some of the work we already do within the community. Our runners ranged from teenagers to seniors – we all see how important this project is, whether it’s something we may have to think about for ourselves and loved ones now, or in the future.”

The group of runners supported each other through training as well as on the big day. Reverend Watkinson added: “We all encouraged each other – especially when we saw the weather forecast! 

“It was great to be cheered on by the Christ Church congregation. As members of our local community, we will continue to be involved in the fundraising appeal for Winchester Hospice. We all wish the hospice every success and look forward to having such an important resource for the Winchester people just up the road from us.”

Dr Lara Alloway, medical director and palliative care consultant for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which will run Winchester Hospice, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all of the runners who took part in the half-marathon to raise vital funds for Winchester Hospice and want to thank everyone who has supported us this far.

“The hospice will provide a much-needed service for the local people in Winchester, and we are asking for the whole community to get behind us so building work can start on this important project.”

The runners also had the support of the Bishop of Winchester, who prayed with them at the start line of the half marathon.

Speaking about their efforts, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester said: “I’m very proud of our runners who have joined together to help make Winchester Hospice a reality. The energetic commitment of the volunteers and supporters to the new hospice is a fantastic example to us all. We pray for all those who will provide the special care that patients need in the most vulnerable time of their lives. It’s inspiring to witness the way in which Church communities in Winchester are coming together to help others in Christian charity.”

There are plenty of ways to get behind the Winchester Hospice, including becoming a volunteer, raising awareness or raising money through individual fundraising, corporate fundraising or legacy donations.  To find out more about getting involved and upcoming fundraising events, including a golf day on 24 October, visit www.winchesterhospice.com.

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