Sup­port sis­ters in their bid to run marathon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Michael Defroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

A LEAD­ING fund-raiser for the Pil­grims Hospice is urg­ing peo­ple to sup­port two sis­ters who hope to raise plenty of cash by run­ning the Lon­don Marathon.

Carol Stevens, chair­man of fund-rais­ing in Ten­ter­den for the hospice, is among those back­ing Emma Good­man and Louise Jen­nings as they pre­pare to take on the chal­lenge on April 26.

Mrs Good­man and Mrs Jen­nings lost their mother Dina Wood last year to can­cer.

Mrs Wood, of Rol­ven­den Layne, was cared for by the hospice in her last days and pre­vi­ously had been an ac­tive fund-raiser for the char­ity.

Mrs Stevens said: “Dina was a very vi­brant lady – very keen and en­thu­si­as­tic and threw her­self into the work. Her spirit is what the hospice is all about.”

There are three Pil­grims Hos­pices in East Kent – in Ash­ford, Mar­gate and Can­ter­bury.

Monies raised by Mrs Good­man, who lives in Maid­stone, and Mrs Jen­nings of Ten­ter­den, will be used to sup­port the fa­cil­i­ties.

Mr Stevens said: “We sup­ply a need for lo­cal peo­ple for when they re­ally can­not have any more treat­ment for can­cer in hospi­tal. Also, there is respite care – peo­ple may live with can­cer for a num­ber of years and they need sup­port from our qual­i­fied staff. We fill a gap where the NHS stops.”

Mrs Stevens hopes to ar­range for a stall in Ten­ter­den High Street soon so lo­cal peo­ple can learn more about Mrs Good­man and Mrs Jen­nings’ forth­com­ing run and lend their sup­port.

To spon­sor the ladies, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ em­ma­gand­louisej or phone Mrs Good­man on 07811 209452.

Carol Stevens

Pic­ture: David Antony Hunt PD1546432

Emma Good­man in train­ing

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