A young man from Brentwood has completed a series of 15 running challenges to raise funds for Havens Hospices which cared for his grandfather before he died.
Sam Halsey, 22, kicked off his running challenges in February this year and finished the series with the Chelmsford marathon on Sunday 23rd October – which he completed in a time of four hours and 30 minutes. So far Sam has raised £750 and has run 121 miles for Havens Hospices, which incorporates Fair Havens for adults and Little Havens Hospices for children. Both provide respite, symptom management and end of life care to those with life-limiting illnesses.
Sam’s Granddad, Fred, was cared for by Fair Havens Hospice, the charity's adult hospice based in Westcliff, before he died of cancer. It was the quality of care his Granddad received before he died a couple of years ago that inspired Sam to fundraise for the charity.
Sam Halsey said,
“I feel so proud to have completed my 15 running challenges for Havens Hospices, raising over £750 for the charity. Fair Havens Hospice cared for my Granddad in such a special way that I wanted to do something extra special by way of a thank you and to give something back to such an amazing charity. The challenges were really tough and I am glad it’s all over but it was worth all the months of training and running to be able to support the hospice. I want to encourage others to fundraise for Havens Hospices so they can care for even more families - the support and encouragement I received was fantastic, every step of the way.”
Peter Hall, Community Fundraiser at Little Havens said,
“I’d like to congratulate Sam on his fantastic achievement, completing 15 running challenges in less than a year is a great triumph. We don’t charge a penny for the care provided at Havens Hospices, and we support families when they need us most, that simply wouldn’t be possible without the kindness and dedication of people like Sam.”