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Volunteering and personal experience inspire runners

With the London Marathon just over two weeks away, Sarah Hockley and Leigh Wood are excited as race day approaches.
Sarah Hockley, Charlotte Elliott and Leigh Wood

"I've never done anything like this before so I just want to finish and enjoy the day," said Sarah, 21, from Brentwood.

"Sporty events have never really been my thing but after volunteering at the hospice last year I'm eager to get involved a bit more." 

Sarah's mother Janet works for Hetherington's real estate agents who are big hospice supporters and inspired Sarah to get involved by volunteering. 

Now she's going the extra 26.2 miles to help fund our specialist care and support services.

"This is my next challenge and my chance to raise some serious money for the hospice.

"I've organised a ladies night to draw in some more sponsorships, which I think will be a great success."  Sarah Hockley, Charlotte Elliott and Leigh Wood

Unlike Sarah, 53, is an eager marathon runner and has raised hundreds for different charities over the years.  

"I have no objection to anyone who's running for the sake of it, but for me, something like this has got to be for a charity and a local hospice is an amazing reason to run." 

L-R Sarah Hockley, Charlotte Elliott and Leigh Wood

Having previously run a half marathon for the hospice Leigh is hoping to raise even more money this time going the full distance.  

A few years ago a friend of Leigh's, Maggie Hurley, sadly passed away in the hospice after receiving invaluable support in her final days.  

"It makes sense to run for Saint Francis" said Leigh from Romford. 

"I've ran the London Marathon a few times before, whether I've got my own place or not I've always ran for a charity. 

"It's even more special for me because Saint Francis is my local hospice and I know how many people rely on its services."