Editor’s dash for charity cash

Standard editor Rebekah Gunn is on her marks for the Lincoln 10k
Standard editor Rebekah Gunn is on her marks for the Lincoln 10k

STANDARD Editor Rebekah Gunn is picking up her running shoes again - this time in aid of St Barnabas Hospice Trust.

STANDARD Editor Rebekah Gunn is picking up her running shoes again - this time in aid of St Barnabas Hospice Trust.

Rebekah is training to run the Lincoln 10k for the sixth time, and aims to break her record and complete the course in under an hour.

She said: “I thought I knew about cancer and the terrible way it affects sufferers and their families, but when my dad was diagnosed I realised the true reality of battling the disease.

“During the course of my dad’s kidney cancer treatment he was admitted to St Barnabas Hospice. The nurses there did an amazing job, granting my dad’s heartfelt wish to be at home and providing vital support to my mum and the rest of the family.”

Rebekah continued: “The cliche is true, nothing was too much trouble for them.”

When Rebekah told her dad she was planning to run the 10k again she asked him which charity he wanted her to fundraise for. Without hesitation he said St Barnabas Hospice Trust.

The trust is a Lincolnshire-based charity which runs day hospice facilities in six towns including Boston, alongside the in-patient unit at Lincoln.

They also provide an invaluable Hospice at Home service where nurses come into the patient’s home.

The trust also operates a charity shop in Boston, at 5 Red Lion Street, which adds to their fundraising.

Boston’s day hospice provides a place for sufferers of terminal illnesses to go, once a week, to relax, find a sympathetic and understanding ear and just be themselves.

Rebekah added: “I am not a natural runner so even the relatively-short distance of 10k is a challenge. But the thought of providing some much needed funds for these amazing nurses will spur me on.”

Last year Rebekah raised £250 for RNLI and the Coastguard and completed the race in 1 hr and 8 mins. This year she aims to best both and complete the race in under 60 minutes and raise more than £250.

She concluded: “If every reader donated just £1 I would smash my target and raise £10,000!”

To sponsor her call in to the Standard offices at 5-6 Church Lane, Boston, Lincs, PE21 6ND or log on to www.justgiving.com/rgunn

Are you holding a fundraising event? Let us know! Email the newsdesk at stephen.stray@jpress.co.uk