A 29-year-old lady from Lincoln has won St Barnabas Hospice’s first London Marathon place
29-year-old Rebecca Roberts from Lincoln has successfully won a ballot for the first ever St Barnabas Hospice London Marathon place, after beating 40 other passionate supporters of the Hospice to take part in this exciting fundraising challenge.
Rebecca, who works at Simpsons Boutique Spa at Branston Hall, said:
“I’ve always wanted to take part in the London Marathon, but have never plucked up the courage to go for it before. When I saw the St Barnabas Facebook post advertising the place, I thought it would be perfect.
“There isn’t another charity that I would rather do it for, so it just seemed like the right time to give it a go.”
The furthest Rebecca has ran so far is 10km (just over six miles), but she is now in training for the 26.2 mile route. She hopes to raise a minimum of £2,500 for the Hospice, but has high hopes of exceeding this number with the help of family and friends. Rebecca can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebeccaroberts23
“My mum used to work as a Nurse at St Barnabas, so I know from that point of view about the charity and all of the amazing things they do. She worked up at the Day Therapy Centre in Lincoln, and also at the Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham.
“I’ll be running in memory of both family members and family friends who have used St Barnabas’s services. The care they received was absolutely brilliant – there was just nothing that was too much. I think St Barnabas are just fantastic.”
Rebecca has previously fundraised for the Hospice by running in the 2017 Colour Dash with her mum and sister. She has also taken part in other sponsored races, as well as fundraising activities with her family and friends.
“With it being the first time that St Barnabas has had a place in the London Marathon, hopefully a lot of people can get behind me and help to raise as much money as possible for such a good cause
Mike Pastor, Challenge Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:
“We are delighted to have been given our first ever London Marathon place, and it’s lovely to hear that the winner of our ballot has such a strong connection to the Hospice. I am sure Rebecca will do brilliantly on the day, and would encourage everyone to really get behind her.”
If you would like to find out more about raising money for St Barnabas Hospice, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 540 300.