I'm raising money for charity, and the aim of this post is to get you to sponsor me. I suggest you either:
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Skip to the charity bit – where I point out why hospices are vital
Skip to the running bit – where I need your encouragement to get me to run
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The charity bit
It's highly likely that at some point in all of our lives we'll know of someone (or be the someone) who needs to spend time in a hospice. This is generally to help with end of life care, but can also be for recovering from an operation, or for helping friends and family come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
My experiences of hospices and death (collectively and separately) mean I'm quite relaxed about the subject, but death can be a terrifying thing. That said it's a fact of life, something I strongly believe we should be able to talk about so it doesn't destroy us when we lose a loved one. It is also one of the reasons hospices are so important.
Hospice in the Weald is my local hospice, so may not be of use to those of you who live far away. I'd love it if you could sponsor me, but if you'd rather support a hospice that's local to you then that would be good too.
The running bit
In 2016 I took up running, dragging myself around the local 5km ParkRun. I've gradually got fitter, faster, thinner and healthier and now I almost find myself enjoying running. I certainly enjoy what it's doing or my health. I've previously taken part in a 10k run, but that was a flat route.
This time, to give myself (and the boy) more of a challenge I'm taking part in what I'm reliably informed is a torturously hilly affair, the Tunbridge Wells 10k. The run takes place on Sunday, 23rd September.
Here's our joint Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runningbookshopblogger
We'll be adding money ourselves to cover the required sponsorship amount, so anything you give will be an added bonus.