GOOD LUCK to our 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon runners!
Good luck everyone!
We’re all familiar with the iconic scenes of thousands of runners packing the streets of London to take part in the city’s marathon, which is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year.
Thankfully, the ‘fun runners’ are able to return this year, after the London course was open for elite athletes only in 2020 due to the pandemic. Anyone wanting to take part last year could take part wherever they lived in a ‘virtual’ London Marathon, which is also an option for this year.
A huge thank you to the following supporters, who not only have put months of training into the event, but of course have also been busy fundraising for Weldmar! We wish them all well for Sunday, where they can look out for two Weldmar ‘cheering stations’ along the way!
Thanks so much to Weldmar for the opportunity to run in this year’s London Marathon, and for all of the team’s support along the way. It’s been a tough 18 months of training, with lots of pandemic date changes and last year’s very stormy virtual marathon. I would like to thank all of my family and friends for their kind donations to this wonderful local charity, which in a small way can help support the vital care that Weldmar provides the community.
I’m running the Virtual London Marathon around the streets of Weymouth and Portland for Weldmar, because they are a fantastic charity who have supported not only my family but the families of many other people. Hopefully the weather will be kind to me this Sunday! Although looking at the forecast I’m not so sure!
As a Senior Staff Nurse at Weldmar’s Inpatient Unit, I am raising money for Weldmar as I see first hand how important the charity is. Funds have been difficult without the events and charity shops being shut for quite a long time so it is nice to feel I am helping towards this service. I have always been keen to push myself further and this will certainly be my biggest challenge yet!
I’m running for Weldmar because you supported my husband’s very dear friend, Andy Mitchel. I never met Andy, he sadly passed away before I met my husband, but he tells me the support given was second to none. I remember him saying that the staff got to know Andy, really know him, and they treated him as a human being, not just a ‘patient’.
I’m equally both thrilled and terrified to be running the 2021 London Marathon for Weldmar – an incredibly special charity that have helped and continue to help so many people in such a compassionate way.
Having been part of the Dorchester and Weymouth business world for the last few years, I have worked closely with Weldmar to support their fundraising throughout – and running the London Marathon was the biggest step to-date! There is nothing more important than the kind of end-of-life care that Weldmar provides, both for the individual and possibly even more importantly for the wider family and friendship network that they have. With their work, assisting those in their own homes alongside the hospice itself, making such a difference to thousands of families, the positivity and quality of care and support that Weldmar bring is something I’m proud to support.
My father Peter Irving (or GP- grandpa) was fortunate to have access to the community and inpatient services at Weldmar. He accessed the hospice regularly in the last 2 years of his life, including a significant length of stay where he ultimately died in December 2016.
I’ve never run 26 miles, but I love running and I loved my dad. He was a brave, courageous fighter and I continue to want to make him proud if my achievements. Running 26 miles is nothing in comparison to the strength and fight he gave in his battle.
My Grandmother was cared for by the team in Dorchester many years ago and the local link up living in Dorset has also triggered conversations of many other friends and neighbours’ own experiences with Weldmar, all so positive and heartwarming.
Having had many sufferings over the years linked with cancer and losing many family members it only felt right to chose Weldmar, close to home and heart.
I am also applying to Legal and General’s (my employer) fund matching scheme so fingers crossed that’s even more raised!