Hannah's story

With her wedding day coming up fast and memories of her mum having spent her last days peacefully at Nettlebed Hospice uppermost in her mind, Hannah decided to support Sue Ryder in the Reading Half 2017.

"My mum passed away from a brain tumour in 2010 at Sue Ryder's Nettlebed Hospice. The staff and facilities there were amazing, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and peaceful place for our mum to spend her last few days.

"They supported us so much as a family and I hope that raising even the smallest amount of money will encourage others to raise awareness too!"

The marriage motivation

"I'm due to get married at the end of 2017, so losing weight is key!

"A year ago, I couldn't even run a mile without passing out but, when my now-fiancé John proposed, I made it my aim to lose weight and get fit. My partner and I took up running, and - before I knew it - the girl who once couldn't run a mile was now clocking up the miles!

"One Sunday afternoon, myself and my dad decided to sign up to the Reading Half Marathon and now, with six weeks to to, I'm feeling pretty excited! I'm running 8 miles comfortably every Sunday, I run a couple of 5Ks during the week, I'm a regular member of the gym and - to top it all off - I've lost 2.5 stone so I'm ready to find a wedding dress... and I'm raising money while I do it!"

"If I can do it, anyone can!"

"Sue Ryder is a truly worthy cause; they really showed us support when we really needed it. I wouldn't wish the loss of a loved one on anyone, but if they have to spend their last few days somewhere, it should be at a Sue Ryder Hospice.

"We as a family can't thank Sue Ryder in Nettlebed enough for everything they did for us and Mum, and I know we won't cure cancer, but I hope that the funds we raise go a little way towards making people's lives with cancer a little better.

"I just hope that I can somehow encourage others, too... if I can do it, anyone can!"

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