Charity runner boosts Doncaster hospice appeal

Pictured from the left is Alison Constantine, of the hospice, runner Hannah Rogerson, and Mel Hewitt, Hospice Community Fundraiser.
Pictured from the left is Alison Constantine, of the hospice, runner Hannah Rogerson, and Mel Hewitt, Hospice Community Fundraiser.
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An Auckley woman has put her best foot forward in memory of her dad and, at the same time, raised £815 for Doncaster’s hospice appeal.

Hannah Rogerson took part in the Great North Run last month, running a gruelling 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Sheilds to get the pounds rolling in. The run was in memory of her dad, Arthur, who died in the hospice in March 2010. Arthur was only 53 when he lost his battle with kidney cancer.

Hannah said: “The Great North Run was much harder than any of my training runs as there were so many people there - 55000! Last year I started to enjoy running and decided I would apply for the Great North Run, as my dad did it in 1986. I thought it would be a good way to remember him. However, he did it in 1 hour 31, unlike my 2 hours 26!

Hannah added: “I chose the hospice as I thought it was very fitting that I was running in memory of my dad and I know how happy and relieved he was to get out of hospital and spend his last few days in the hospice.”

The money has been donated to the St John’s Hospice Development Appeal which is aiming to raise £500,000 towards a £1.8 million project to revitalise and transform the current hospice building.

Mel Hewitt, Hospice Community Fundraisier, said: “This is a fabulous donation. I want to thank Hannah for thinking of the hospice and say a huge well done for achieving the feat of running 13.1 miles.”