Hundreds run up record-breaking funds for Sue Ryder
By Sarah Wood | 18th September 2023
A record-breaking £92,000 was raised for Sue Ryder at this year's Run Cheltenham event, on September 3.
The palliative and bereavement support charity continues to be the headline charity partner for the event, which saw participants take on either the community mile, 10km or half marathon. A team of 300 were fundraising for the charity - many in memory of loved ones.
Taking part in Run Cheltenham this year was Team #BeMoreMarty - a group of more than 30 participants who were running in memory of Marty Ward, who died suddenly on December 18, 2022.
Marty was a huge advocate for Sue Ryder and raised money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice through a variety of different running challenges. His friends and family felt the best way to remember Marty was to continue his fundraising through Run Cheltenham - a race he loved doing every year.
Marty's legacy inspired people to run and to donate with the #BeMoreMarty team, raising over £20,000.
Rachel Ward, Marty's wife, said: "I am so grateful to everyone who has supported our team with some very kind donations. Marty was really passionate about his running and his fundraising, and he would be so proud of the effort everyone has put in for Sue Ryder. We miss him so much, but we all felt he was with us as we ran around Cheltenham, and he has inspired so many people to give it a go. They all want to come back next year!"
Matt Reay, community fundraising manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: "We'd like to thank everyone involved in making the event a huge success this year: our amazing runners; Battle Bootcamp for hosting our run club; the Run Cheltenham event organisers for supporting Sue Ryder; Creed Foodservice for kindly donating post event snacks; Zigs Exercise for helping ease the aches with post run massages; and of course our fantastic volunteers, who helped at our brand-new Energy Zone on the Prom. We are absolutely blown away with the record-breaking amount of money raised this year."
Elise Hoadley, service director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: "With demand for Sue Ryder's services increasing, the cost of providing care is also increasing. With around only one third of our funding coming from the Government, the charity relies heavily on the generous support of the local community. This incredible £92,000 - the most ever raised at the Run Cheltenham event - will help us continue to be there for families when it matters. Thank you!"
If you feel inspired to lace up your trainers for Sue Ryder, you can be part of Run Cheltenham 2024 and take advantage of the early bird entry now open.
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