Desk-bound accountant Jade Siggee was looking for a way to challenge herself. That challenge came in the form of a 13-mile run round the streets of historic Peterborough.
24-year-old accountant Jade Siggee spends a lot of her day sitting in her office, but on Sunday 14th October she will join the thousands of runners taking part in the Great Eastern Run.
One of the flattest, fastest half marathons in the country, it will be Jade’s first organised run. It will also be one that will have special meaning for her and her family as she will be raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.
"Thorpe Hall is an amazing place"
The only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough, the hospice provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with life-limiting conditions as well as supporting their families.
“My father-in-law was at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice about a year ago and they were amazing," says Jade, who lives in Upwood in Cambridgeshire. "It was a no-brainer to support them and the half marathon is a good personal challenge.
“I spent quite a bit of time visiting my father-in-law in Thorpe Hall and it’s an amazing place.”
Jade has been training for the past few months and building up her distance gradually.
"I've never done a race before but doing it for Sue Ryder is an incentive"
“I sit down all day at work so I needed to do something,” she explains. “I joined a local running club and met a lady from a few streets away who is also doing the run so we've been training together, which has worked out well.
“I've never done a race before, just a bit of road running by myself. My family are very proud and giving me lots of support but I haven’t managed to persuade any of them to run!" she laughs. "I have so far done a few 10-mile runs so I’m not too far away from the 13 miles.
“I am looking forward to it," she continues. "I like a challenge and doing it for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is an incentive. It’s hard work but it’s all worth it. I think the charity is incredible.”
So far, Jade has raised more than £600 for the hospice and has an overall fundraising target of £750. There's still time to sponsor her on JustGiving.
Join Jade as part of #TeamIncredible
“Last year, we provided around 145,000 hours of palliative, neurological and bereavement support at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall," says Community Fundraiser Nilesh Patel. "Our care is free to our patients, but it costs us £3.4m per year to run. Without the tireless fundraising of supporters such as Jade, we would not be able to continue to provide the care that we are so well known for.
“It’s not too late to join Jade and sign up for the Great Eastern Run in support of us," Nilesh urges. "As part of our Team Incredible, you’ll receive a running vest and our friendly team will cheer you on to the finish line!
"If the half marathon is a step too far, then why not try the 5K fun run instead?" he suggests. "Or, if you have already booked a place at the race, you could choose to run in support of us; there is no target and raising just £140 could pay for a hospice nurse for a day.”