One of the stories behind Sunday's Ely Festive 5K fun run...
Clare’s special 5k for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s festive fun run
Hundreds of runners made their way round a cold but bright Ely Festive 5K on Sunday, after every place for the charity fun run was snapped up ten days before the event.
Among the speedy winners, imaginatively named teams, Christmas songs and wonderful fancy dress outfits, were those with their own special and very personal reasons for taking part, including Clare Clark whose mum was cared for by the hospice in 2011. Clare says: “I felt we had to do something for Arthur Rank Hospice after they cared for mum. At my 40th Birthday in 2012, I asked for donations instead of presents. After I lost three stone ahead of my brother’s wedding and took up running I wanted to do something more and find a new fitness goal, so when the email came through about Arthur Rank’s Ely Festive 5K, that was perfect. I could run in memory of my mum.”
Clare’s Mum, Ann Walker, received care from the Hospice after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2010. Her husband, Clare’s father, had passed away in 1997 at the age of 52 after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. Clare explains that both her parents believed – despite what their family and health professionals said – that going to a hospice was the same as giving up.
Clare says her Mum’s opinion changed after she spent some time at Arthur Rank Hospice: “Mum was bright and cheerful and wanted to know all about our holiday and was delighted to see her grandchildren. We had lots of banter in the coffee area Mum was more confident and like the head of the family again. She told me how she had meals in the dining area, had been involved in activities and had even gone to a support group. I wheeled her around and she knew everybody’s name and obviously felt at home. It was like she had relaxed again. She had some of her confidence back and felt safe.”
Clare adds: “I felt very emotional finishing the run because I did it for Mum. I know she would be very proud of my determination and courage this year. My parents had thought that hospices were places for dying but mum was able to see that they help you to live. I will always be grateful for the care and support mum got there.”
Congratulations to those who won trophies on the day including Celia Patterson as Batgirl for Best Fancy Dress Outfit, fastest child George Collier in 22:24, fastest man Ben Morris in 18:38 and fastest woman Ruth Jones in 19:45. Arthur Rank Hospice charity would like to thank all those who took part on Sunday (22nd November) and all those businesses and individuals who helped make it a success including sponsors The Cambridge Building Society and Ward Gethin Archer and Ely Market and Car Boot who were kind enough to share the Market Place.
Total funds raised by Ely Festive 5K will be announced in due course. Photos from the event can be seen on Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Facebook photo album and event pages.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.
We care for more than 4,100 patients each year at our Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.
It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run our services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.
For further information, please visit arhc.org.uk