Running the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the importance of fundraising

by Dr Jane Collins
Chief Executive

Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive Marie Curie Cancer Care shows off her medal after running the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Three weeks ago I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise money for Marie Curie. It was a lovely sunny day, with family shouting me on and around 150 other people running for Marie Curie, so I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience after the pain of training.

I was pleased with my time and even managed a pub lunch afterwards! But I did it because when I joined Marie Curie I was impressed by how many staff, volunteers and supporters  'do something' to help us raise money. So it was obvious I should too.

I also did it because I know how much we rely on fundraising to do our work, providing care through our nine hospices and our nursing service. Our nursing service provides care in people's own home, often in the last days of life, and is available in some form across 95% of the UK. That doesn't mean we have enough nurses to help everyone who might benefit. The NHS, in all four devolved nations, pays for less than half of what we do in our hospices. In our nursing service, again across the four nations, the NHS pays for about 50 per cent of what we do. So without fundraising we couldn't possibly help people who need the vital care we provide. So if you were running in the Royal Parks Half Marathon or are doing any other fundraising for us thank you – you're making a real difference!