On Sunday 9th July, Lisa Heron from Shoeburyness will be running the Southend Half Marathon to raise money for Havens Hospices in memory of her father, Ron, who was cared for by the charity.
Ron, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015, he was doing well with chemotherapy. However, sadly in March 2017 his health declined and he admitted himself into Southend Hospital despite hating hospitals. After nearly three weeks Ron was desperate to go home and with a lot of support he finally made it. Ron was then given end of life care in his own home by Havens Hospices and passed away four days later surrounded by his family.
“I’ve always enjoyed running and this is my third half marathon, but I think it is going to mean the most to me as I am running it for Dad and to say thank you to Havens who supported not only Dad but Mum also. He was so happy to be back at home and that really meant the world to us, his final wish was to be with his family and in his own home rather than a hospital, we were able to grant this wish because of the support we received from Havens Hospices.”
“Dad was discharged and then a lovely nurse called Helen arrived from Havens to care for him. We had no prior experience of Havens Hospices so didn’t know what to expect; I never dreamt that the care and support would be so good - we would have taken Dad home sooner if we had known. They made him comfortable, by controlling pain, making sure he had his medication and just being there for him for as long as he needed them.”
“The people who work for Havens are truly amazing as it must be one of the most emotionally demanding jobs in the world. This is my way of saying thank you and to give something back so they can continue caring, supporting and ‘Making every day count’ for other families like mine across Essex, for as long as they can.”
To sponsor Lisa please visit - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisas-half-marathon
The Southend Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 9th July, starting and finishing at Shoeburyness East Beach. Runners, including wheelchair users, still interested in taking part can sign up on the day for an additional £5 charge.