Katie and Emily run 5km a day for a month to support Hospice care
Katie Wood, in Year 12, has devoted time to run 5km each day for a month and, in doing so, has contributed to raising £4,870 to support hospice care. Katie and her sister Emily, a former Headgirl, now studying at Newcastle University, ran a range of routes around the Melsonby and Aldbrough area and sometimes out towards the A66.
Katie and Emily were prompted to fundraise after sadly losing their Grandma to ovarian cancer just a few weeks into lockdown. It was a very difficult time for the family as she had lived with them for the past three years. Katie and Emily became carers for their Grandma as their Mum as their Mum was so busy working for the NHS. They were very grateful for the help and care provided by Herriot Hospice Homecare.
Coincidentally, just days after they lost their Grandma, at the end of April, their brother’s girlfriend Gillian was trying to raise money for the Northern Ireland Hospice because they had helped her look after her Mum, Maria, in her final few weeks too, about a decade ago. Gillian and her sister started the fundraising with the aim of raising £1,500, and by the end they raised £4,890. Katie and Emily raised around £300 of this amount from generous sponsorship from family and friends.
Katie said: “It was quite a commitment running every day for a month, however it was great knowing that we would be helping those in need. Although the charity isn’t local, it felt right to do it and in remembrance of my Grandma. Emily and I are hoping to organise something similar in the future to raise money for Herriot Hospice, but for now we are giving out legs a rest.”
Twenty-one people took part in the fundraising for The Northern Ireland Hospice, mostly from Northern Ireland but also some from New Zealand, London and Richmond.