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Event volunteering for St Barnabas House: Mark Ward’s story

Thursday 9 November 2017

Mark Ward, 50, from London has been supporting local adult’s hospice St Barnabas House and children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House since July 2011.

Over the course of the last six years he has run in 15 races to raise money for the two hospices and volunteered at a further 28 events, helping with marshalling, cheering other participants on and photography.

Mark Ward at the start of the Brighton Half Marathon“We lost my Uncle to cancer, and although he never got to use St Barnabas, when it came to doing a run to raise money in his memory they seemed the perfect choice,” said Mark.

Caption: Mark at the start of the Brighton Half Marathon

“I had done a few runs for charity before but never really felt a part of them, well, until I met the amazing people at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House.

“From day one everyone was so different. Jo invited me to a runners’ coffee morning. We walked in and were immediately greeted by Jo who knew who I was and what I was going to attempt. Immediately you notice it’s about the people first.

“I did two half marathons and the support was amazing, both before and after, and not once did you ever feel like it was just about the money.”

Mark Ward receives his five year volunteering badgeMark then went on to volunteer at the Brighton Marathon.

Caption: Mark receives his five year badge for volunteering

He added: “You are as much a part of the day as the runners and although you are there to help them you always have a great, enjoyable day and the spirit amongst the volunteers is brilliant. If you have ever thought of volunteering, give it a go!

Lucy Bone, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas House, said: “Mark has run or cheered at every Brighton Marathon since and one volunteering event has turned into many more!”

“Mark has taken part in so many everts for us and volunteered countless times. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mark for his ongoing commitment and support.”

To find out more about running for St Barnabas House visit www.stbh.org.uk/run or at Chestnut Tree House visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/run.

If you would like to volunteer at a challenge event, like Mark, please get in touch with us.