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Meet our Marathon Runners

The expert care we deliver is only possible thanks to our amazing community that helps us fund our vital hospice services. We want to introduce you to some of our supporters who are taking part in marathons across the country this April, and who are fundraising for hospice care.

We got the chance to catch up with them and hear about their marathon training journey so far!

Alison Moorey

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“I’m Alison Moorey, I retired from my role as CEO at St Wilfrid’s a year ago.”

Tell us why you have chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s.

“I’ve chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s as I continue to feel passionate about the importance of excellent end-of-life care for patients and their loved ones.

By taking part in events and gaining sponsorship I can contribute in a small way to helping the amazing team at St Wilfrid’s.”

How has your Marathon training been?

“My training has gone better than I hoped! I’ve been supported all the way through by Ruth Cleeves, a hospice volunteer, who I am running with. We are using the walk/run/walk method so won’t be fast but finishing will be an achievement whatever the time! I’ve had some holidays along the way so keeping up has been a bit tricky but I continued training while I was in New Zealand last month.”

Support Alison on her journey by visiting her Just Giving page.

Kirstee and Allen Porter

Tell us a bit about yourselves.

“We are Kirstee and Allen, a husband and wife team that is training & running the London Marathon 2024 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.”

Tell us why you have chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s.

“We have chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s Hospice as we know first-hand the incredible work they do, so we wanted to raise much-needed funds so they can help families like ours. St Wilfrid’s have cared for several family members, but most recently they cared for my Dad, who passed away peacefully in the Hospice on Christmas Day 2017.


I have wanted to run the iconic London Marathon for some time, so I applied to see if St Wilfrid’s would be happy for me to run in 2024 on their behalf. I couldn’t think of a better charity to raise funds for, so I was thrilled when I got accepted. However, Allen didn’t want to miss out on the action and applied for a place with St Wilfrid’s as well. Fantastically he also got accepted, so we are working hard to raise as much money as possible.”

How has your Marathon training been?

“So far, our training is going pretty well. Lots of early mornings have been hard work, but worth it. As of the 17th of March 2024, we will have run 336 training miles each. But we have some of our longest distances to come in the final 5 weeks. We are hoping to get to the Marathon (victory lap) feeling in great shape.”

Support Kirstee and Allen’s fundraising efforts on Just Giving.

Beth Suter

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“My name is Beth and I am taking part in the London Marathon for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.”

Tell us why you have chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s.

“Last June, my family and I spent three weeks at the hospice and the wonderful team took exceptional care of a very special person to us. During this time, the support that we were given as a family and the memories that we were able to make as a family were second to none. The support from the hospice has continued beyond last summer which really goes to show how dedicated they are to being there for families.

As a way of saying thank you for all the care, support and many cups of tea, I wanted to raise money for St Wilfrid’s so that I could give something back and this was also a promise I made to my dad. As a way of saying thank you for all the care, support and many cups of tea, I wanted to raise money for St Wilfrid’s so that I could give something back and this was also a promise I made to my dad.

Whilst speaking to people around the hospice, it became apparent to me how little funding support St Wilfrid’s get, and how much they rely on the generosity of the public.”

How has your Marathon training been?

“I’m on week 11 of marathon training and loving it- yes, I am crazy! I have been running for 6 years and completed Brighton Marathon last year and an Ultra Marathon around the Isle of Wight, but London Marathon 2024 will hold a very special place in my heart.”

Stay up to date with Beth’s training and support her on her Just Giving page.

Jake Priestley

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“Hi. I am Jake, a self-employed plasterer from Lymington. I’m a father of 2 happy boys and a husband to my lovely wife.”

Tell us why you have chosen to run for St Wilfrid’s.

“I have chosen to run my first marathon for St Wilfrid’s Hospice as they looked after and cared for my brother James.

James passed away in 2019 from cancer, just before he turned 40. In his time spent at St Wilfrid’s, we visited James at the old and new premises. The staff always made us feel welcome and even let us celebrate our eldest son’s birthday there so James could be part of it. They took amazing care of James in his final days and made sure his wife Sarah and his family were looked after too.

James was also a keen runner. He did the Brighton marathon before he got sick and was keen to do London. I’m hoping by running both marathons, I will complete a challenge in James’s honour and help raise money for a worthy cause close to my heart.”

How has your Marathon training been?

“Training has been challenging around day-to-day life finding time to fit in long runs has been tricky. I’ve had great support from my family which has been great.”

Support Jake in honouring his brother via his Just Giving page.

If you would also like to take on this type of challenge or would like to fundraise in memory of your loved one, our Fundraising Team would love to talk to you and support you along the way. You can get in touch with our Fundraising Team using the email fundraising@stwh.co.uk.

 

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