A round-up of all the wonderful charity fundraising that took part at this year's event!
The 23rd September was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop the smiles from the 1,500 participants competing in the Winchester Half Marathon. A huge variety of charities were represented on the day, ranging from local charities, such as Naomi House & Jacksplace, to national charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support. Over £65,000 was raised in total and many runners achieved Personal Bests due to the cooler conditions.
Lead Local Charity Naomi House & Jacksplace had an amazing team of 15 runners who raised a total amount of £4313.00! Jon Turton from Hampshire Constabulary took part ‘This was an opportunity for our team to make a collective contribution towards a thoroughly deserving local charity. It was also time to set those personal goals and dare a say a few competitive challenges within our own team! Despite the awful weather conditions and the demanding course, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Huge thanks go to you and the event team for your amazing support!’
Naomi House & Jacksplace are hospices for children and young adults with life limiting conditions and life-threatening conditions. The charity provides care to people living in communities across the seven counties of central southern England.
The charity has two specialist units: Naomi House for children, and Jacksplace for teenagers and young adults. Each unit offers an appropriate environment for each age group. Services offered include respite care, emergency care, end-of-life care and ongoing bereavement support.
Naomi House & Jacksplace seek to raise £8.5 million to run the two units each year, with less than 10% of income coming from the Government and other statutory bodies. As a result, the Trust relies on the generosity of people in the community to continue its work. Their support enables the charity to provide these crucial care services, free of charge, to children, young adults and their families.
Lead National Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, was well supported on the day, with over 80 runners, and volunteers at both a Water Station and in Race Village. At the time of writing the fundraising total was up to £8,000 with more being collected, congratulations Team Green!
Wessex Cancer Trust had six runners take part and raised £235 to support the centre and its services.
Breast Cancer Haven Wessex had two participants complete the race and raise a fantastic £500 for the centre in Titchfield.
Friends of PICU, also based at Southampton General Hospital, had 2 runners supporting them and the fundraising total was £375. Here’s a great photo of Matt crossing the finish line!
A team of employees from Winchester based company, ADAM Architecture, ran on behalf of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and raised an incredible £3,000!
Local charity, The Joe Glover Trust, had runners representing them again this year and Winchester Hospice had a team of 15 runners take part. The fundraising appeal for the new Winchester Hospice is in full swing and the team had a visit from The Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin, before they set off on their Half Marathon!
Southampton Hospital Charity raised an incredible £2,966 from 8 runners. Most of the team were supporting the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton General Hospital. This ward looks after children with cancer from all across the region, as far away as the west country and channel islands, and most of the way up towards London. This fundraising money will be used for;
- Making memories, through trips and outings
- Equipment for the playrooms
- Parent facilities
- Patient, family and staff welfare
- Research and Education opportunities.
Phyl and Andrea were running for Edith who is currently receiving treatment on the Piam Brown Ward. ‘What an amazing day Team Edith have had. We didn't let the rain dampen our spirits (although we did take a long time to get out of the car). We were spurred on by Edith and her family who cheered us off at the start and by the lovely messages of support and generous sponsorship we have received. 2 hours 37 minutes later we crossed the finish line, medals, prosecco and pink lemonade were then the order of the day. We are so grateful to the Piam Brown Ward for the work they do and especially for their care of Edith.’
Check out Team Edith’s justgiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamedith