Inspirational fundraisers have run a whopping 26.2 miles for ellenor by taking part in the Brighton Marathon.
The daring troupe have all been busy collecting sponsorship for their incredible efforts so ellenor can provide care to families facing terminal illness, and have collectively raised over £7,000 to date.
Among the 13 to take part in the race on Sunday 12 April were husband and wife Ryan and Laura Staunton who ran in memory of their daughter Rosie, raising over £1,000.
Rosie was looked after by ellenor’s Children’s Hospice Care team after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2013, aged just four.
Laura, who finished in four hours 52 minutes and who also ran with friend Martin Harding, said: “Every week ellenor would come and do her bloods, bring her toys and make her life as comfortable as possible, in our own home. The nurses really are a credit to this charity and I thank them for being there for us, even after Rosie passed away, they are there to help you. Rosie would be very proud of us.”
The Staunton’s were joined on the seafront track by the Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Caller, who is supporting ellenor this year as his charity of choice, and local singer songwriter Matthew Crane who ran in memory of his grandmother.
Super-fundraiser Alison Bell, seen pictured, added the Brighton Marathon to her list of challenges undertaken in memory of parents Keith Stephen Belcher and Nichola Ann Carne, both of whom received end of life care from ellenor. Alison, who completed the distance in four hours and 42 minutes, now hopes to procure a place in the 2016 London Marathon to raise even more funds for the charity, undeterred by yesterday's epic distance.
Hayley Brown, Events Manager at ellenor, said: “It was a very proud moment to see our fantastic supporters run a whopping 26.2miles for ellenor so that we can provide the best care and support to families facing terminal illness. We are the only charity to provide hospice care to people of all ages in Kent and many of our runners were taking part in memory of a loved one cared for by ellenor. We’re so grateful.”