A hospice volunteer will run the London Marathon in memory of a man she cared for by raising money for the charity that supported him.
Jean Newlands, 48, from Great Wratting, will run the 26.2 miles through the capital on Sunday (13) in an attempt to raise £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Haverhill Running Club member Jean, who started running around a decade ago and has managed four marathons, is also aiming to raise funds through a coffee morning from 10am to midday at Withersfield Village Hall tomorrow (Friday, April 11).
She has progressed to being a hospice neighbour coordinator after becoming a hospice neighbour two years ago.
Jean assisted motor neurone sufferer David Peel from February 2012 until he passed away in February 2013 aged 56.
“The scheme aims to give people a bit of practical support and companionship at a very difficult time at the end of their life,” she said.
“I visited David twice weekly for a year – he said he’d sponsor me to run London last year but I couldn’t, so I’m doing it in his memory this year.
“There’s a range of things you do with people, from sharing a cup of tea to walking dogs, doing ironing or gardening, all these little things that means the patient can stay in their own home.”
Jean did run with black Labrador Archie, but her dog has been unable to run since an operation.
She has sons Oscar, 18, and Lois, 14, and is married to Alan, 47.
The hospice neighbours scheme now has 140 volunteers, with around 20 in Haverhill.
Visit www.virginmoneygiving/JeanNewlands to sponsor Jean.
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