Local Sue Ryder staff take on Reading Half

Reading Half Marathon runners

Four staff members from Sue Ryder will be taking part in the iconic Reading Half Marathon to raise funds for Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices. They will be part of a 60-strong squad running for the charity who go by the name #TeamIncredible - coined from the incredible hospice and neurological care that Sue Ryder provides.

Nettlebed Hospice’s 25-year-old Clinical Administrator Karla Hawker will be running along with her aunt Michelle Williams, 46, and nan Lynne Cousins, 66.

"The Reading Half Marathon is such a popular event and my Nan has always said it’s something she’s wanted to do, so I gave her entry as her Christmas present," Karla explains. "It is now especially poignant as her friend is currently receiving care at Nettlebed Hospice.

"We’ve been training hard to raise awareness and funds for Sue Ryder’s services - so hard in fact that we’ve all had a visit to a physiotherapist! We’re looking forward to the day now and can’t wait to let my Nan’s friend know how we get on."

Also running is one of Duchess of Kent Hospice’s Senior Nurses, Rebecca Drake.

"I'm taking part to help support the incredible care that I see on a daily basis from my amazing colleagues," she explains. "This is a big challenge for me so it’s also to prove to myself that I can do anything if I put my mind to it!" 

Their inspiration? Our patients and colleagues

"I decided to take on the challenge as a way to continue giving back to the charity for the incredible care provided to my grandmother at Nettlebed Hospice," says Events Manager and Team Incredible Captain Henry Fleming. "On top of this, I’m part of the Sue Ryder events team so it provides the opportunity for me to motivate and support all of Team Incredible on the day."

The final member of the foursome is Catherine Russ, who is PR & Marketing Officer across Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices.

"Working for the charity I see first-hand the incredible work they do, giving every patient the care and support they need to spend the time they have left in the way they choose," Catherine comments. "The Half Marathon route goes right past the front door of Duchess of Kent Hospice, so this will be a significant and meaningful part of the race for me, knowing the money I raise will directly help support patients."

Our local hospice care in and around Reading

We offer a range of support across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire from our four sites: inpatient care at the 12-bed Nettlebed Hospice in Oxfordshire and the 15-bed Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, day services that help people stay at home longer and offer respite to carers, and day hospice services in Wokingham and Newbury.

Last year, our Sue Ryder Nettlebed and Duchess of Kent hospices provided around 175,000 hours of hospice care. We need to raise £3.7m to continue to provide incredible care this year.

Feeling inspired?

If you're running the Reading Half Marathon and would like to raise money for Sue Ryder, you can easily set up your JustGiving page online. Look out for the rest of #TeamIncredible on the day and be assured that Sue Ryder’s staff and volunteers will be cheering you on at various points along the course!

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