Henley resident Kate Thomas completed the London Marathon 2016 in aid of Sue Ryder, raising close to her target of £1,750 for the charity.
Kate, aged 23, was running her first Marathon and achieved a time of just under 5 hours – 4 hrs and 54 minutes. She works as a marketing assistant at Brakspear’s head office in Bell Street, and her impressive fundraising sum will contribute towards the company’s year-long partnership with Sue Ryder, which aims to raise £50,000.
After crossing the finish line on The Mall and collecting her Marathon medal, Kate said, “The experience was amazing and also slightly emotional as everyone is running for reasons personal to them.
“I loved the first half of the Marathon but started to struggle around mile 17. However knowing that I was running for Sue Ryder, which is such an incredible cause, definitely kept me going.
“I am very thankful for all the generous donations so far, which have taken me close to my target of £1,750, something I’m very happy about. ”
Every pound Kate has raised will be matched by Brakspear, who started supporting Sue Ryder last autumn and have raised £10,668 so far. The monies will be used by Sue Ryder to provide hospice care at the Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices, Charles Clore Unit, Newbury and Wokingham Day Hospice.
Sue Ryder provides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It aims to be safety net for patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives. Sue Ryder treats more conditions than any other UK charity in its hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community, as well as campaigning to improve the lives of people living with them.
Caption to attached image: Kate Thomas with her London Marathon medal