Newbury student set to run London Marathon for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice
Eleanor Taylor runs the London Marathon in October
Submitted by Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice
A student from Newbury, Berkshire, is preparing to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this fall to support the reading hospice that took care of her grandmother.
Eleanor Taylor, 20, who is currently studying geography at the University of Manchester, travels the 26.2 mile distance on October 3 in memory of her grandmother, Gillian Weston, who received end-of-life care expert to Sue Ryder. Duchess of Kent Hospice in 2016.
After starting running as a whole new hobby during the first lockdown, Eleanor completed her first half marathon for Sue Ryder in November 2020.
She is now taking one more step by participating in the London Marathon, which usually takes place in April but has been pushed back to October for a second year due to the pandemic.
Eleanor said: “Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice not only made my grandmother’s final months much more peaceful and comfortable for her, but the experience my family had with the hospice staff was fantastic. . We have always been greeted with a friendly face at a time when we all needed it most.
“The work Sue Ryder does is so important to families like mine across the UK and I would love to help keep this going, so that other people can experience the same as us, and go through a really difficult time in their life. life is a little easier.
“My mom bought me the London Marathon seat as a Christmas present, and while I am absolutely terrified, I am also very excited to push my body and show myself how strong I can be, while also collecting. funds for such a great charity.
Hannah Richards, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, said: “Although she is relatively new to running, Eleanor has shown incredible commitment and we are so grateful that she takes up this emblematic challenge to support our hospice.
“We still have a few London Marathon charity spots left and we would love to hear from other local people who would consider joining our team and running to raise vital funds for us.
If you are interested in applying to run the 2021 London Marathon for the benefit of the Hospice, find out more here.
You can donate on Eleanor’s fundraising page here.