Newbury woman to run London Marathon in support of Sue Ryder Hospice
A NEWBURY woman is set to run in the Virgin Money London Marathon this autumn in aid of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.
The Reading hospice is close to 20-year-old Eleanor Taylor's heart, as her grandmother Gillian Weston received end-of-life care there in 2016.
Ms Taylor said: "Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice not only made my grandma's last months a lot more peaceful and comfortable for her, but the experience that my family had with the staff at the hospice was fantastic.
"We were always met with a friendly face at a time when we all needed it the most.
"The work Sue Ryder does is so important to families like mine across the UK and I would love to be a part of enabling that to continue, so that other people can have the same experience we did, and have a really difficult time in their lives made a little easier."
Ms Taylor took up running over the past year.
Despite lacking any prior athletic background, she completed her first half marathon in November 2020.
The half marathon was also in support of the hospice, and Ms Taylor, a student at Manchester University, is hoping to go further on October 3.
"My mum bought me the London Marathon place as a Christmas present, and whilst absolutely terrified, I’m also hugely excited to push my body and show myself how strong I can be, all whilst raising money for such a great charity."
A senior community fundraiser at the hospice, Hannah Richards, said: "Despite being relatively new to running, Eleanor has shown incredible commitment and we're so grateful that she’s taking on this iconic challenge to support our hospice.
"We still have a few London Marathon charity places remaining and would love to hear from other local people who would consider joining our team and running to raise vital funds for us."
A JustGiving page has been set up to support Ms Taylor's effort, which can be found online at bit.ly/3fz8NqV