Supporter stories – Kathryn Waldergrave

“It was the most fun, enjoyable and overwhelming experience I’ve had, made even more special by returning to the car mid-way for a drink and finding a white feather on the window of the car. Shona was definitely with me that day.”

Local hospice supporter, Kathryn Waldergrave recently took part in the Virtual London Marathon in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. When Kathryn received the message that the London Marathon was cancelled this year and that a virtual run was launched instead, she decided had to take the plunge and go for it. Fundraising for St Andrew’s Hospice was incredibly important for Kathryn as she wanted to give something back to say thank you for the support her family received after losing her Sister-in-law Shona, who stayed at the hospice during the last moments of her life.

“The decision to enter the marathon was made on a whim! Although I belong to South Leeds Lakers Running Club, half marathon distance is the furthest I have run. I’ve done the Great North Run twice; the first time I did it in 2016, Shona messaged me to wish me luck and said she would do it with me one day, but unfortunately, we didn’t get that opportunity. I’ve never been successful in the ballot for a place and thought it was the perfect opportunity – if I was going to do it, I’d make it count, hence fundraising for the hospice”.

Kathryn only had 5 weeks of practice before race day, she wanted to make the most out of her fundraising efforts and was determined to have as much fun as possible. She completed the race locally with her friend Sam and they were supported on the course by members of the running club, family and friends.

“It was the most fun, enjoyable and overwhelming experience I’ve had, made even more special by returning to the car mid-way for a drink and finding a white feather on the window of the car. Shona was definitely with me that day.”

Like many, Kathryn wanted to give back as a way of saying thank you to the hospice for providing such compassionate care at the end of Shona’s life, and to raise awareness of the hospice especially during these difficult times we are facing.

“It is so difficult in these challenging times for people to stay motivated, maintain good physical and mental health and to engage in the activities they usually do without restrictions, and consequently many charities have suffered financially because of the cancellation of so many events. If you have the opportunity to take part in an event, whatever it is, consider using it as a fundraising opportunity for the Hospice. No time to prepare as you might like? Don’t worry! It’s not about being the fastest or the best, just set out to have fun and make it a memorable experience, take the pressure off yourself, enjoy it – and raise money for a fantastic cause in the meantime!”

Through running the virtual London Marathon, Kathryn has been able to raise an incredible total of £949.31 in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. It is only through support of this kind, that we are able to continue to provide our end of life and support services in the local community. The amount Kathryn raised is equivalent to the cost of 59 hours of care, or 27 hours of bereavement support for an adult or child. If you’re feeling inspired by Kathryn’s fundraiser, and would like to fundraise in memory of a loved one, visit our fundraising page.

 

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