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Trotters £19,500 Marathon achievement
It goes without saying that the Thrift Green Trotters love to run but they also step- up to make a difference!
And when 10 members ran the London Marathon in April, they raised an incredible £19,500.
For some Trotters it was their first marathon experience and for others it was a chance to relive the iconic race, but all the runners' commitment and dedication over the months was rewarded with a medal as they passed the finish line and the huge sense of pride and achievement that will stay with them forever!
And it's not just the awesome runners we need thank - Scores of members also spent the day handing out water at the Mile 10 drinks station and many showed their support by cheering on the hot and weary runners.
"We are immensely proud of our runners on completing the marathon on what was the hottest London Marathon on record and we are equally relieved to see them all come home safely," said Lynsey Prentice, who is a member of the Thrift Green Trotters.
"Our passionate support for Saint Francis Hospice is simple - so many people have had first hand experience of the hospice and its services and we want to ensure they are available to other people in their time of need."
The club, which is based at the Brentwood Centre, originally set out to raise £15,000 for the hospice but thanks to its huge fundraising efforts which included quiz evenings, curry nights and golf days, it smashed its target!
And this latest figure is on top of the £23,000 the Trotters have raised for the charity over the past two years. Chris Franklin, Fundraising Organiser at the hospice, said, "The support we receive from the Thrift Green Trotters is simply outstanding.
"The Trotters is a club with a big heart and the London Marathon is a shining example of how it steps up to help its community.
"It costs £54 an hour to fund our specialist care services so this latest donation of £19,500 will make a real difference to so many people and their families at the most difficult time in their lives.
"On behalf of everyone at the hospice, we would like to say a massive thank you to all the Trotters for their continued support."
Runners celebrating after the marathon with fellow Trotters
Trotters volunteering at Mile 10 drinks station