When someone goes that “extra mile for you”, what better way to thank them than running 26 miles!

That’s what three keen runners from Dorset are doing in support of Poole hospice, Forest Holme , which has helped them and their families.

The 10-bed hospice, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, will benefit from sponsorship money raised by kind-hearted runners Richard Davies from Spetisbury, Tony Peach from Poole and Carol Howe from Wimborne,  who will all be taking part in the London Marathon this weekend, (22 April).

The three runners each have their own reasons why they want to support the hospice. Carol Howe,43, who is a staff nurse at Poole Hospital, will be running her third marathon but her first for charity. She says: “ I lost a 40 year old friend to breast cancer and my mum also died at 67 years old of the disease. Both were cared for superbly by Forest Holme. The staff  there really do go the extra mile and make sure the patients and the family of the patients are cared for. “

Richard Davies, 44, from Spetisbury is also running his third marathon. He decided raise money for Forest Holme after his sister-in-law Trisha died of bowel cancer, “Trisha spent the last few weeks of her life in Forest Holme and we’re so grateful to the hospice for the care and attention they gave to her. They were professional first and foremost and still went out of their way to really help the families and loved ones left behind.”

Tony  Peach , 46, from Poole,  is running his sixth marathon in memory of his father Harold Peach who died in January.  He says: “ As soon as my Dad went into Forest Holme, I decided I wanted to raise some money for the hospice because they do such an amazing job. Nothing ever seems too much trouble for the staff. ”

You can support the runners at www.virginmoneygiving.com