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“This is my first race event and it means the world to me that I am running it in my Dad’s name.”
St Barnabas House supporters are gearing up to run in the Worthing 10K, taking place on Sunday 2 June 2019. One of the largest and friendliest running events in the South-East, the Worthing 10K Weekend is set to welcome 2,500 runners of all abilities.
New runner, Louise Bolton, 39 from Worthing, is taking on her first ever running challenge in memory of her father, Alan Palmer, who was cared for by St Barnabas House. Determined to honour her dad and make it to the finish line, Louise has joined Worthing based Foxy Ladies Running Club.
Louise said: “Joining the club was the best thing I have done for myself in a long time. When I started training, I wasn’t able to run for a minute without stopping. I can lack confidence in myself and my ability and I can’t put into words how supportive and caring these ladies have been. After six weeks I was able to run 5k.”
“The date of the run is special to me as it’s so close to what would have been my Dad’s 69th birthday – it’s my gift to him and I know he will be there with me all the way round the course.”
On 25 February 2019, Alan was taken to hospital after feeling unwell and suffering from a lack of energy. That same day, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and the following day the family discovered that it was in fact lung cancer which had spread to his liver. Alan was told he had 1-2 weeks to live.
With the support of St Barnabas House, Alan was able to return home from hospital where he and the family received care and support from the Hospice at Home team.
Louise said: “From the moment the St Barnabas nurses walked in, they brought a sense of calm and reassurance to us all. They weren’t just there for Dad, they were so compassionate to us too and we won’t ever forget that. When they knew the time was near, we were offered one of the Hospice at Home night sitters to stay with us, her name was Eleanor.”
“Dad passed away peacefully on Sunday 3 March 2019, just 7 days after his diagnosis. That night Eleanor did so much for us. She left us to have time with him and each other, made us coffees and helped make calls; all the things you don’t want to think about, but which meant so much.”
“It was such a shocking week for all of us, but their amazing team made it so much easier. Even now, St Barnabas continue to look after us and offer support to other bereaved families.”
Louise has exceeded her fundraising target and has already raised £940 which is enough to fund five nights of care for a patient by the Hospice at Home team. Louise said: “If I can help St Barnabas to give the same care to another family then this would mean so much.”
Visit Louise’s JustGiving page.
If like Louise you’d like to challenge yourself and raise funds for vital hospice care, St Barnabas House has a limited number of free charity places available for the Worthing 10K, with a minimum sponsorship of £100. For more details visit www.stbh.org.uk/worthing-10k or contact the Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 706355.