Second chance to run 10k for charity

Three local charities are calling all disappointed runners, who missed out on the Cancer Research 10k in June, to race for life in the Hospice 10k on 21st October 2012.

Friends of Forest Holme, Lewis-Manning Hospice and Julia’s House are joining forces to raise funds through the run to help care for children and adults living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Starting from Bournemouth Pier, the run is suitable for all abilities.

Forest Holme charity manager, Diane Platt, says: “Hospice care plays a vital role within the local community. Between our three hospices, we ensure that everybody living locally with a life-limiting condition, has free specialist care available to them when they need it.

“So get your running shoes at the ready and register to support your local hospices and make a difference to those who need them.”

With the choice of a 10K, 5K or Kids K, the Hospice events are fun for all ages and fitness levels. To enter online, please go to www.hospiceevents.org

Big Yellow Self Storage supports Forest Holme

Big Yellow Self Storage has pledged its support for Forest Holme Hospice in Poole by donating free storage space.

Plans are in the pipeline for the Friends of Forest Holme to open a retail outlet, The Secret Wardrobe, selling pre-loved vintage clothes and jewellery – location to be announced. The 125sq ft storage space, which has been offered for a year initially, will be used as a collection point for donations and to store the stock before it reaches the shop’s shelves.

All the proceeds from the planned store will go to the Poole hospice, which cares for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Charity manager, Diane Platt, says: “We are grateful to the team at Big Yellow Self Storage for so generously offering their support. With their help, we are looking forward to making this shop a reality.”

Michelle Knight, store manager of Big Yellow Self Storage in Poole, comments: “It is a real pleasure working with Forest Holme, and I am convinced they will be successful with this new venture.

“We are doing everything we can to help so we will be able to continue our support of Friends of Forest Holme for the foreseeable future.”

Big Yellow Self Storage on Nuffield Road is currently accepting donations of vintage items and costume jewellery on behalf of Forest Holme. Free parking is available for visitors who would like to drop off their donations during the opening hours of 8am-6pm Monday- Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.

Marathon man raises money for hospice

Amateur runner Richard Davies, 44, from Spetisbury has raised £1500 for Poole hospice Forest Holme.

Richard completed his third London Marathon in just four hours and 43 minutes. He decided to raise money for Forest Holme, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses after his sister-in-law Trisha  died of bowel cancer.

He said:  “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.”

Best buddies bake for hospice

Best buddies Leila Willingham, 12, from Branksome Park in Poole and Lili Donlon-Mansbridge, also 12, from Broadstone, have whisked up a donation for Poole hospice Forest Holme.

The two school chums, who attend St Edwards School and Parkstone Grammar School in Poole, decided to bake and sell cakes in aid of the 10-bed hospice which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

The girls sold a mix of home-made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from a driveway in Broadstone to hungry passers-by and raised £30.

Leila Willingham said: “We had seen on Newsround that you could sell from your driveway. Lili and I love baking and I had heard about Forest Holme because the hospice cared for a friend of my mum’s and did a brilliant job. We thought it would be selfish to just sell the cakes for our own gain so decided to give the money to the hospice.”

She added: “The hardest part was not being tempted to eat any of the cakes ourselves!”

Going that extra twenty six miles for charity

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