Hospital Manager Takes on London Marathon for Worcester Hospice
09 Jan 2018
Published in: Member News
West Midlands Hospital General Manager Gloria Kerrigan is taking on a tough marathon challenge to support a hospice close to her heart this Spring.
Determined Gloria will clock up the miles at the London marathon in April to raise cash for St Richard's Hospice in Worcester.
Her daughter Laura was cared for at the hospice before she sadly lost her brave battle with cancer in December 2016.
Now the 53-year-old is training hard in the run-up to the high profile event in the capital which attracts runners from across the globe.
It will be the first full marathon that Gloria has taken part in and she is building up her fitness by working with a Personal Trainer each week and she is completing regular park runs and running around her home town of Malvern.
St Richard's Hospice cares for patients and families who are living with life limiting illnesses.
Each year it provides free care and support to over 3000 people to help give them the best possible quality of life.
Gloria, of Malvern, Worcestershire, said: "It is the first time I have entered a marathon but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"I've been training for a while now and I'm determined to complete the marathin and raise lots of money for such a wonderful hospice.
"I'm very grateful for the care and support the hospice provided for my daughter and our friends and family and I wanted to do something to help them as they rely on donations to keep them sustainable."
The 26.2 mile marathon route runs past the top sights and famous landmarks in central London and takes place on Sunday 22nd April 2018.
Gloria is now in her fourteenth year at the private West Midlands Hospital which is part of the Ramsay Health Care group.
She celebrated 30 years working for Ramsay Health Care in 2017 and has worked at five different Ramsay hospitals during the last three decades.
Gloria added: "I thought the London marathon would be a great event to take part in and hopefully, raise as much money as I can.
"I'm stepping up the training as I get closer to the event and I'm hoping that the support and encouragement I receive will help me over the finishing line."
Colleagues at West Midlands Hospital in Halesowen are supporting Gloria with donations towards her fundraising quest.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so via Gloria's Just Giving page online www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gloria-kerrigan.
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