When most people are dashing around completing the last minute Christmas shopping, one mum of two from Milton Keynes will be doing a very different sort of dashing, running 5km for charity every single day throughout December – including Christmas Day.
The December Daily Dash challenges fundraisers to walk, jog or run 5K each day of the month – even Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The money raised goes towards Sue Ryder's palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
It is the third year Lindsay O’Kane, 44, from Milton Keynes has taken part in the Christmas charity challenge in support of Sue Ryder’s Bedfordshire hospice, Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, who cared for her grandmother.
Lindsay said, “December is a time that is crazy busy and ensuring that I get out and dash keeps me sane!”
The challenge of running 5K every day has not daunted Lindsay, though, and helping to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John's Hospice has a deep personal resonance for her: “My grandma volunteered for Sue Ryder for over 40 years. We faced tough times together when my mum (and her daughter) was very ill for a long period of time.”
“Then a couple of years after my mum died, my grandma came into Sue Ryder St John's Hospice. Sadly grandma died in St John’s three weeks later, but in an environment she was happy in. The staff and support were excellent and even my young children have fond memories of time they spent at the hospice, particularly an old English teapot!”
Continuing the support for something she believed in
“I run because December is tough, but it gives me time to reflect on the happy memories of my mum and my grandma. Sue Ryder was a big part of my grandma’s life so I see this as a way of continuing the support for something she believed in.”
Ahead of Lindsay's mammoth running journey throughout December, Hayley Webb, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful that Lindsay is taking part in the December Daily Dash to raise vital funds for our hospice – and everyone here wishes her lots of luck!"
Lace up those trainers
“The December Daily Dash is a great excuse to lace up those trainers and get moving during the festive period. You can burn off the Christmas dinner whilst raising vital funds to help us be there when it matters for families," Hayley said. “The money raised will go towards our palliative and bereavement support and will make a real difference to people during one of the most difficult time in their lives.”
Find out more about the expert palliative care and bereavement support Sue Ryder St John's Hospice provides.
Get more information on how you can get involved in this year's December Daily Dash, to raise vital funds and help us be there when it matters.
Support Lindsay through her December Daily Dash Challenge...
...in memory of her grandma and helping St John's Hospice.