James Duddridge, 47, MP for Rochford and Southend East will be taking on the iconic marathon route through London on Sunday 28th April, alongside over 400,000 other runners, raising money for Havens Hospices. He will be joining over 90 members of Team Havens on the start line and is hoping to raise £5000 towards Team Havens London Marathon fundraising target of £200K.
The charity which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice must raise over £100,000 every week to be there for every adult, baby, child and young person who needs them for as long as they’re needed at their two hospices, in the home and the community; the free specialist care they provide is only possible because of the support of people like Mr Duddridge and the rest of Team Havens who fundraise for them by taking part in challenges like the London Marathon.
On Saturday 16th March, James joined other members of Team Havens and battled against Storm Hannah to clock up some training miles by running between the charity’s two hospices – Fair Havens in Chalkwell and Little Havens in Thundersley via the site for the new Fair Havens in Prittlewell, which is starting to take shape with the installation of the Steel Frame and Stairwells over the past few months.
“When I found out that I had got a place in this year’s London Marathon, which incidentally is my first, I wanted to ensure I ran for a local cause that makes a real difference for the local community and Havens Hospices certainly does just that.
“It was really good to run from the current Fair Havens to the new hospice site and then Little Havens with other members of Team Havens as part of my training, I got to learn more about why they are running for the charity. It really cemented in my mind why it is so important for our local community to have services like this and how vital it is that we support them. I am immensely proud to be running the London Marathon to help them continue ‘Making every day count’”
Judy Grocott, Events Manager at Havens Hospices said
“We are really pleased to welcome James into Team Havens and are looking forward to cheering for him and our other runners along the route on the day. Our hospice services can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters; so, if like James you’ve secured a place in this year’s marathon and would like to help us be there for everyone who needs us please get in touch because we’d love to have you on Team Havens.”
To find out more about joining Team Havens at the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April 2019 or about any of our other events please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/events].