Runner raises £800 in memory of friend's mum at Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
9:16am Monday 21st October 2013 in Bolton
RUNNER Jane Crook raised more than £800 in memory of her friend’s mother by completing a half-marathon in London.
Mrs Crook, was one of 16,000 runners to take part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.
The 79-year-old received treatment at the hospice during the final three weeks of her life.
Mrs Crook and Mrs Broughton had been friends since the age of 11, and went to Canon Slade High School in Bradshaw Brow together.
Mrs Crook, aged 43, said: “Running towards the finish line was incredible. I really pushed myself. It was a fantastic feeling.
“Jilly’s really pleased that I’ve done it and very thankful, not only for the amount I raised for the hospice but for what the hospice did for her mum.
“Edna was such a kind-hearted woman who always looked out for everyone. Knowing what she’d been through, and that she’d never complained about it, was what spurred me on.”
Mrs Crook was able to raise £335 of the total from Lloyds TSB, where she works as a customer service assistant in Hotel Street, Bolton. The bank matches up to £500 per year for every employee to do something for charity.
A keen runner, Mrs Crook has completed various long-distance events, including the Great North Run in 2009.
Her latest feat has received heartfelt thanks from Mrs Broughton.
She said: “Jane is a very selfless person, always thinking of others. She raised a fantastic amount and we will always be grateful to her for doing it.
“I know my mum would be very honoured.”
She added: “The Bolton Hospice offered my mum a safe, private and com-fortable place to die with dignity and pride. The care they gave was above and beyond.
“People may one day, God forbid, need Bolton Hospice, so it’s vital to raise funds for them.”
To raise money for Bolton Hospice, visit their website at boltonhospice.org.uk.
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