The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the majority of sporting events either cancelled or postponed, but the London Marathon managed to go ahead at the weekend, even if it did involve a bit of creative thinking! So to celebrate its 40th anniversary, this years’ marathon was held virtually.
One Ashford Hospital’s senior physiotherapist Rob Waite, is a regular runner of the marathon, and this year was no exception. However, instead of the usual route through London, this year saw him running 26.2 miles along Herne Bay sea front… 15 times! Throughout the years, Rob has always supported a charity that is close to his heart, Demelza House who provide hospice care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, along with their families locally. Rob says:
“I am blessed that my children are fit and healthy, but many are not, and Demelza House provides much needed support and help by providing community case, hospice care, therapy, respite care, and end-of-life care and bereavement support. Running the London Marathon, even though it is virtual, will support their vital work. With the onset of COVID-19 this year, money usually raised by fundraising has been significantly hit, and this will add extra strain onto the services that they offer. Therefore they need funds even more today and the London Marathon is the perfect way for me to help them being able to carry out their support and help to families and children.
To learn more about Demelza House, you can visit their website here
If you would like to donate to Demelza House to support their cause, please click here
Rob is hoping to raise £1,000 for this worthy cause and is now over halfway there!