Teacher trio are teaming up to run for hospice
Teachers from a school in Frome are teaming up to run a half marathon for a Bath charity.
Deputy head teacher at Clarendon Academy Owen Vince has signed up for this year’s Bath Half and has roped in some other teachers too.
In 2004 Owen’s mum was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and spent time in Dorothy House before she died at home in February 2006. Days after, Owen and his friends had entered that year’s Bath Half Marathon.
Owen said: “We hadn’t really done any training as cycling is my main sport. And although I’ve done a lot of fundraising for Dorothy House since then, that was the last half marathon I did – until now.
“We always raise money for Dorothy House, purely and simply because of the support they provided for my Mum.
“I also had some counselling at Dorothy House when my Dad died a couple of years ago and we did a bit more fundraising then.
“We’ve done 15 years of fundraising for the hospice. It’s a really safe and spiritual place for me. So much love exists there. I bring my kids to visit the Dorothy House grounds as it’s such a special place.”
Now, 14 years after his last half marathon, Owen is getting his running shoes out again and has convinced some colleagues to get involved too. He said: “I thought it had been a while since I’d done any fundraising and I managed to persuade a couple of my Clarendon Academy colleagues, head teacher Rob Price and assistant head teacher David Cade, to do it as well.”
They jumped at the chance as they think the hospice is an amazing local charity. We started our fundraising in January 2020, we’ve all got different fundraising pots to tap into outside school but it’ll be a joint push in school.
“It’s about the community as a whole – it’s amazing how many of our students have had some experience of Dorothy House, either through grandparents or other relatives.
“Something like fundraising for the Bath Half Marathon is a really important way of showing the community that the school’s teaching team are people who care about people.”
Dorothy House provides free care to people with a life-limiting illness, and families and carers.
Emily Knight, event fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “We’re really proud of Owen, his teammates and Clarendon Academy for all their support. We currently have 124 runners taking part for Dorothy House. People who have their own place can still run for the hospice and join Team Dotty. Good luck to Owen, Rob and David!”
To support Team Clarendon Academy visit www.justgiving. com/fundraising/owen-vince.
Team Clarendon Academy preparing to run the Bath Half Marathon in aid of Dorothy House: from left, Rob Price, Owen Vince and David Cade