Rowcroft staff complete Torbay Half Marathon for hospice

01 July 2016

Members of staff from Rowcroft Hospice were among a team of 28 people to complete the Torbay Half Marathon in aid of people living with life-limiting illnesses on Sunday 26 June.

Rowcroft's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Finance and Commercial Director, Jon Hill, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Jo Sykes, and Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, Katherine Elliott, all completed the 13.1 mile route with 25 other runners who united to raise funds for the hospice.

Together the 28 manages to raise nearly £5,000, with more expected to be donated over the coming weeks.

Jon said: "Working at Rowcroft and seeing what we do for people made me want to do my bit to help.

"I knew it was going to hurt, but I wanted a challenge that would test me and get my friends and family put their hands in their pockets - it did hurt and their pockets emptied!"

Katherine Elliott said: "The run itself was gruelling, but the support we received along thr route was amazing - plus the feeling of crossing that finish line and being part of a team of people all helping to raise money for people with life-limiting illnesses was amazing!"

Dr Jo Sykes added: "I decided to run this year's half marathon in support of Rowcroft along with my son Fred who has been a volunteer on the Inpatient Unit while in 6th form.

"We both wanted to show our support for an organisation that we are proud to be part of and also to raise money to help Rowcroft to continue to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in Torbay and South Devon.

"The support from the crowd was fantastic and we really enjoyed being part of Team Rowcroft."

The 28 runners also included Ben Burrows, who completed the half marathon for the ninth year and celebrated his 40th birthday, and Richard Hibbert, who is currently receiving treatment for lymphedema at the hospice.

Community Fundraising Manager for Rowcroft, Hayley Norrish, said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who took part in the Torbay Half Marathon in aid of us and also our amazing cheer squad who helped to marshal and encourage runners along the length of the route."

Rowcroft has a portfolio of events available for people wanting to challenge themselves for the hospice, including skydive days, mountain treks and cycle rides. The hospice is also able to support people wanting to take on their own fundraiding challenges, such as marathons and half marathons.

Hayley explained: "We know that many fundraisers are looking to take on activities that push their physical, mental and fundraising efforts to the limits!

"For those people, we have a number of unique challenges abailable, or can offer them fundraising support for their own expeditions."

Rowcroft is holding an open evening about all of its challenge events at the hospice in September, if you'd like to attend, or find out more, email

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