Join Team WSB For The Weybridge 10K Or The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon
Put On Your Running Shoes!
Join Team WSB for a sporting challenge in 2018!
Lightwater resident Katy Evans is running the Weybridge 10k for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices on Sunday 1 April. She is urging local people to put on their running shoes and join Team WSB for both this race and the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 11 March.
Katy, her sister Jody and mum Sheila were supported by the hospice when their dad, Keith Evans, passed away from cancer after a six-year illness in July 2017.
Katy said: ‘You don’t think about a hospice until you need it. My family and I want to make sure Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are there for other families too when they need it, so we’ve planned lots of fundraising activities in aid of the hospice and in dad’s memory.
Taking part in the Weybridge 10k is just one of those challenges, and I would love to be part of a really big hospice team on the start line!”
Katy explains why running for the charity, which spends almost £9 million providing free end-of-life care across North West Surrey to some 1,400 people each year in the hospice and in their own homes, is so important:
‘Dad had been ill for six years before he passed away. Although he was in and out of hospital during that time, he had been relatively well until close to the end, so when we realised he didn’t have long left, it was a shock. From the time the community nurse first visited Dad at home to when he passed away at the hospice, the care we all received, and are still benefitting from, has been first class.
‘The last five weeks of his life were a bit of blur, but the support we had from the hospice during this time made us more able to cope with Dad’s death.
‘Dad was only in the hospice for 72 hours, but we are so glad he made it there. It was an intense and stressful time but as soon we arrived we all felt a massive sense of relief. It’s such a calm and peaceful place, not frightening at all, and the staff took over so we could focus on being together as a family with mum and dad.
‘The hospice made the whole experience a positive one. All the staff and volunteers are amazing. It really is a place of angels. They gave dad the care we couldn’t give and a fitting end to his journey. We will be forever grateful that dad could access the quality of care that he did and that his life ended with such dignity. ‘
You can join Katy and the rest of Team WSB; find information and sign up for all the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon and Weybridge 10k at www.wsbhospices.co.uk or contact the Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 881 752.
A patient-centred charity that delivers specialist palliative care to adult patients of all ages who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses. We cover the North West Surrey region, providing free of charge holistic care and support services for patients, their families and carers.
Key Facts About Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
- We deliver 8,760 hours of care and support each year
- Our team of specialist healthcare professionals care for our patients 24 hours per day, seven
days per week
- We care for approximately 1,400 patients each year
- Over 70% of our care is delivered in patient homes or care or nursing homes
- We receive referrals from Spelthorn, West Elmbridge, Woking, North Guildford, Surrey Heath and Runnymede but we can take patients outside of our region if required
- We are specialists in care for patients with advanced progressive complex needs
- We care for patients with, for example, advance dementia, heart disease, cancer,
degenerative conditions and kidney disease
- We care for adults of all ages [18 – 85+]
- Our services are completely FREE of charge
- We offer support services for carers and family members
- We provide child and teenage bereavement counselling
- Our Wellbeing Centre offers a range of treatments and therapies
- We have 816 fabulous volunteers, without whom we could not deliver all that we do
- We work closely with GPs and other clinicians to share knowledge and expertise
- For every £5 of costs incurred we need to raise £4 from voluntary income
- We need to raise in excess of £8 million a year to continue to deliver our services
Around 75% of what we deliver is funded through our charity shops and fundraising activities. We could not do this without the generosity of all of our supporters, volunteers and the local community.