With registrations for the Swindon Half Marathon now well under way, Prospect Hospice are asking people to go the extra mile and get themselves sponsored for a very worthy cause.
The Swindon Half Marathon, which takes place on 9 October, sees runners raising many thousands of pounds for local charities every year. Eighteen people ran for Prospect Hospice last year, raising over £6,000, and fundraisers are hoping that many more will step forward this year and get themselves sponsored for the Wroughton-based charity.
Julie Brogan, challenges fundraiser, said, “We’re looking for all ages and abilities to get signed up and raise sponsorship for Prospect. Fundraising of any kind is vital to allow us to continue our work, and what’s great about the Swindon Half is that as well as the main run, there’s also a 2 mile Fun Run for children and families, so there really is something for everyone.
“We’re also asking people who’ve already signed up and who perhaps don’t have a charity in mind to run for Prospect. We’re in a position to support our fundraisers much better this year than before. We’ve created a new initiative called Team Prospect, which is all about getting like-minded people together to have fun, challenge themselves, support each other and raise money for a very worthy cause.
“We’d love to hear from novices who would love to take their first step towards challenging themselves. Or if you’ve already signed up, and would like to run for Prospect, why not get in contact. We’ll support you every way we can, by putting you in touch with fellow runners and supporting your sponsorship campaign through our website and local media.”
Being sponsored for events like the Swindon Half Marathon is one of the many ways that people can help support the work of the Hospice.
Prospect Hospice needs almost £5million every year to keep running, seventy per cent of which it must raise itself. Prospect’s services range from providing residential care in the purpose-built Hospice in Wroughton and in the Great Western Hospital, to supporting people who wish to be cared for in familiar surroundings with the Prospect@ Home service.
You can register for the Swindon Half Marathon at www.swindonhalfmarathon.co.uk.
To run for Prospect Hospice call Julie on 01793 816161, email firstname.lastname@example.org or let Prospect Hospice know via www.prospect-hospice.net/challenges. Each runner will be sent a personal challenge pack.