09 Aug 2013

Hey, Mr DJ put a record on - marathon runner feels the groove for charity

DJNatalie Webb will be getting in step this September for a half marathon with a groovy difference: ‘Run to the Beat’. London’s biggest and most unique half marathon will see top DJs pumping out motivational tunes as 19,000 runners make their way round Greenwich Park on the 8th of September.

She’ll be raising money for The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice - a local hospice support charity based in Medway, south east England. Natalie’s is a poignant story. Her Nan went into the Wisdom Hospice in August 2010 as a cancer patient. Natalie believes her Nan received a very high standard of care in her final days. After her Nan sadly passed away, both Natalie and her mum received a lot of support from the hospice.

She said: “The staff at the hospice puts that amount of effort and care into each patient and their families that come through their doors and that really needs to be rewarded and acknowledged.”

Supporting local cancer patients in Medway

The Wisdom Hospice in High Bank, Rochester, was opened by the Queen in 1984 and named after Molly Wisdom, a cancer sufferer, who started fundraising to build a hospice in Medway. Today, the hospice provides palliative and end of life care for the adult patients of Medway and Swale with life-limiting illness.

The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice charity was set up in 1982 to raise the funds for the construction of the hospice.

Finding £15,000 a week just to survive

The charity makes an annual grant towards the running costs of the hospice as well as providing extra equipment and facilities that fall outside the NHS budget. To continue providing this level of support to the Wisdom Hospice, the charity needs to raise more than £15,000 each week.

Cheryl Jones, fundraising co-ordinator for The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice believes MyDonate has boosted their efforts.

She said: “We decided to join MyDonate because every penny raised goes to charity. We try to promote this online fundraising tool as much as we can.”

Giving 100 per cent to charity

By taking part in the Run to the Beat half-marathon, Natalie hopes to raise £500 for The Wisdom Hospice as a way of giving back.

She said: “The hospice is extremely close to my heart, it feels safe and I can't thank them enough for giving my Nan the best level of care in her final days.”

For Natalie, using MyDonate will make sure her money goes to the right place.

She said: “I chose MyDonate because the hospice had informed me that 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the charity which was really important for me. Also, I found it really easy to set up my page as I dreaded the process being very complicated!”

You can view Natalie’s fundraising page

You can find out more about the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice on its website

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