Last week, our good friend Aneesa Neelam asked if we'd take part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.
Pendleside Hospice are a registered charity providing for the special needs of adults with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The purpose of a hospice is to improve the quality of life for its patients. This is achieved by the provision of specialist medical and nursing care and the provision of social, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their family and carers. Care is given free of charge to those who need it.
The Hospice currently costs over £3.7 million per year to run. A grant from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group provides approximately 26% of running costs but the balance, over £2.7 million, is raised locally.
We decided to walk the race together instead of running, due to previous running injuries. We turned up today and the atmosphere was amazing. The spectators were cheering everyone on, it was fantastic! As we passed the starting line, the cameras were on us, so we decided to start the race by running. After the start, we were feeling fine, and decided to run the race until we couldn't anymore. We are extremely proud to say that we completed the 10k race, running every single step of the way, with a time of 1 hour 15 minutes!