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Fundraiser prepares to run in aid of local hospice

A local woman will be pounding the streets of Newcastle on Sunday 10 September to help the care, support and activities provided at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

This year’s Great North Run will be special for Helen Taylor as she runs in aid of the local charity. Helen will be joined by a team of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw fundraisers on the start line as they raise money to support the charity’s specialist nurses and doctors.

Helen, 45 from Denton Holme, explained:

“I’ve chosen to support the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw as I feel it’s a really vital part of our community and I’m aware of the costs required to keep it going every day. I work in the radiotherapy department at the Cumberland Infirmary, and quite a few of my patients receive care at the hospice at some point in their cancer journey. It’s definitely a cause close to my heart.

“The Great North Run has become an annual event in my house, my husband always runs it too, and this year will be my fourth time running it. It’s a fantastic event, which can be quite emotional with so many people all gathered to do their bit for so many different cause.

“My motivation this year was to run in memory of two particular patients I treated last year, both of whom spent time in the Eden Valley Hospice. They both had completed marathons, and running was something I chatted to them about, and a topic they were always interested to discuss in their different ways. So this year’s my run is dedicated to Jim and Graham.”

Every runner taking part in this year’s Great North Run will have their own memory, reasons and purpose for completing the 13.1 mile course. Whether it is to set a personal best time or to raise money in aid of charity they will all create memories which will last a lifetime.

Helen continued:

“I’m especially looking forward to the buzz of excitement and seeing the amazing crowds which will be lining the whole course, with an endless supply of jelly babies.

“However, I’m not looking forward to the long queue for the toilets near the start line, and I know from the halfway point I will be wondering why I ever thought the race was a good idea.”

The money raised by Helen and the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw fundraisers will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients’ families, friends and carers. If you would like to sponsor Helen please visit her JustGiving page.