Hospices praise efforts of runners

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Charity bosses have spoken of their incredible gratitude to marathon runners whose efforts are anticipated to have raised more than £1.3m in sponsorship.

The staggering sum is just what the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and its nine official partner charities expect to receive, with hundreds of thousands of pounds set to be raised for other good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.

Those who ran in aid of Martin House will help the children’s hospice near Wetherby to provide free, family-led care to youngsters from across Yorkshire who have a shortened life expectancy.

Events manager Caroline Hudson said: “The money will go a long way to support more than 350 children and their families through very difficult times.”

Cash raised for St Leonard’s Hospice in York will help staff care for people with life-threatening illnesses in its 20-bed in-patient centre and daycare unit.

Sarah Atkinson, of the charity’s fundraising team, said: “All the money goes direct to our work of caring for local people and supporting their families.”

Almost 100 runners took part on behalf of Leeds-based children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, helping to fund essential services such as family support workers, equipment on wards, holidays, financial help and research.

And cash raised for Yorkshire Cancer Research will help it fund more research into the disease’s causes, diagnosis and treatment.

Over the last five years it has spent £30m at the region’s universities and teaching hospitals, ensuring local people have access to ground-breaking treatments and clinical trials.

National charities that do vital work in Yorkshire, including cancer charities Macmillan, The Haven and CLIC Sargent, palliative care charity Sue Ryder, and Parkinson’s UK are also among the official partners to benefit.

Money raised for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal will support a range of children’s and cancer charities, locally and nationally, adding to the £4m that has been raised in the late sportswoman’s name to date.