Havering nurse and healthcare assistants to take part in the St Francis Hospice Santathon

A nurse and two healthcare assistants who care for people in the community are preparing to take part in the St Francis Hospice Santathon.

Debbie Alexander, Kerry Dimond, and Jenni Blatchford who work in the inpatient unit at the hospice in Havering-atte-Bower have helped launch the charity’s fourth Santathon happening on Sunday December 2.

Nurse Debbie Alexander, from Harold Hill, who has worked at the hospice for 20 years, said: “My mum was cared for at home by Saint Francis Hospice community nurses and my dad was in the inpatient unit so I have first–hand experience of the care this hospice provides and I want to do my bit to help it continue that work.”

The 5km Santathon takes place at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club, Victoria Road, Dagenham from 11am.

The trio plan to enter the family event as part of their training for next April’s London Marathon.


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Healthcare Assistant Kerry Dimond, from Hornchurch, said: “My mum died of cancer but sadly didn’t make it to our Hospice. I want to do this run in memory of her. She would be really proud of us!”

Jenni Blatchford, from Harold Hill, said: “Knowing the great work that happens here I know just how much fundraising is needed and what good use is made of money collected.”

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Event organiser Lauren Josman, who thanked Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club for hosting the event again, said: “The Santathon offers plenty of fun for all the family just before Christmas and what’s more you will be helping raise much needed funds for Saint Francis Hospice to care for local people with cancer or other life-limiting illness during this festive period and beyond. You don’t have to be a runner as you can walk, jog or run the 5km route.”

Places are �10 for adults and �5 for children and include a free Santa suit. You can book online at www.sfh.org.uk email fundraising@sfh.org.uk or call 01708 753319.

You can sponsor Debbie, Kerry, and Jenni’s marathon efforts at wwww.justgiving.com/nurses-on-the-run

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