Teacher trio are team­ing up to run for hospice

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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

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