Jason Baker is taking part in Don’t Quit, Get Fit in memory of his mum

19th February 2021

Jason Baker is planning to take on a marathon run this year for his ‘Don’t Quit, Get Fit’ challenge in support of St Barnabas. He fundraises for the Hospice in memory of his mum, Heather Baker.

Jason said, “Mum was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease before spending her final weeks at the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham.

“My two brothers and I all took it in turns to stay with Mum overnight at the Hospice and the staff there could not do enough to help us. We often had takeaways and they made sure we had everything we needed.

“Mum was so proud of her Scottish heritage and we used to go up to Scotland every year for our holidays. She enjoyed a “wee dram of whisky” and always had “one for the road” even in her last days at the Hospice. The nurses told us mum would be gone soon and they helped us to play her favourite Scottish music and allowed us to give her a few drops of her favourite whisky.

“She passed away with dignity and in a peaceful environment.”

Already, Jason has been doing lots of running to raise money for St Barnabas. His reservoir challenge in 2020 saw him complete 14.8 miles of running around Draycote Reservoir, Ravensthorpe and Pitsford Reservoir.

Jason said, “I was having a think about my mum and thought how proud she would have been to see me running. That’s when the lightbulb moment happened… why don’t I run all three reservoirs together?

“My wife, Rachael inspired me to run. She had been running around two years before I decided to give it a go and I really admired her physical and mental strength. I was struggling with my mental health and looking back I think this was a delayed reaction to the passing of my mum.

“My top tip for new runners is to set a goal to keep the motivation. Keep remembering that positive buzz you get after completing a run and don’t give in as it will get easier.

“When I first spoke to St Barnabas about my fundraising, their support was amazing. I had regular phone conversations with updates on the training and the fundraising pack, running shirt, neck scarf and gels were brilliant. I also joined their private Facebook group for other fundraising supporters like myself and the support and encouragement I got from this group was incredible.”

Don’t Quit, Get Fit is completely free to sign up to. Those who create a fundraising page on JustGiving as part of their challenge will also receive a free St Barnabas water bottle.

Make a positive change in your life today, just like Jason, and sign up at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/dontquit

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