22 March 2018

Lucy makes marathon effort

Lucy Smith is busy training to take part in the spectacular London Marathon next month – and husband Pete is going the extra mile to help as well.

london marathon lucyWhile Lucy, from Maidenhead is pounding the streets and exercising in the gym, Pete is doing his bit with a sponsored chest wax to boost the fundraising cause. Pete will be getting waxed on Saturday 28 April, the week after the London Marathon, and the more sponsorship he gets the more he’ll have waxed – culminating in a full body wax if he gets up to £3,000!

Busy mum Lucy, an up-and-running member of the 2018 Rennie Grove Hospice Care London Marathon team, was inspired to take part in memory of her father Patrick Hester who was cared for by Bucks and Herts-based Rennie Grove nurses before he passed away in February last year.

“On Sunday 22 April I’ll be running 26.2 miles through London in his memory to raise money for Rennie Grove as a small thank you for the help that they gave in my Dad’s last days, and the days after,” said Lucy.

“For those left behind the bewilderment of the days following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming,” she explained. “Rennie Grove nurses are an invaluable source of support at a time when families need it most. While it was of course a heart-breaking time, it was undoubtedly made easier for us all by Rennie Grove.

“No one should have to have to go through it without the kind of support which they so brilliantly give.”

Lucy is a keen jogger, who likes to run two or three times a week. “The biggest attraction is the headspace – the total luxury of being off grid for even half an hour, with time to think, or sometimes just listen to music and switch of completely,” she explained.

“When my Dad passed away, running was when I got time to process what was happening, and to spend some time thinking about him,” she added.

And Lucy is a keen blogger too, and has created her own online site where family, friends and supporters can read about her training plan, her progress, her thoughts and fears about the London Marathon challenge – and the inspiration she gets from the bond she had with her “fearless and determined’ father.

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Patrick celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary

I spent a lot of time thinking about what it was that had made him such a force of nature, and one of things that jumped out at me was that he had always believed that he (and by extension we, his family!) could do anything, provided we were prepared to put in the hard work,” blogs Lucy.

And in a bid to encourage sponsors, she adds: “It’s time to put my money where my mouth is in his memory. Or more accurately, time to ask you to put your money where my mouth is!

“Just £25 pays for an hour of care in a patient’s home, while £100 covers the cost of two family bereavement support sessions, so anything that you can spare for this great cause really will make a massive difference to someone’s life.”

You can follow Lucy’s blog and support her Virgin Money Just Giving Page.

If you have been inspired by Lucy’s story and are thinking about running the marathon in 2019 please call us on 01442 820740 for an informal chat or email events@renniegrove.org.