KARL Hughes is going all the way to New York to show his appreciation to a Solihull hospice.
The Marie Curie Hospice provided help and care to Karl’s mum Norma Hughes during her battle against cancer, which sadly ended in early January.
Once in New York, father-of-one Karl will be running the 26 miles of the New York marathon, beginning in Staten Island and ending in Central Park.
As a thank you to the hospice, often known as Warren Pearl, Karl is hoping to raise £2,500 for it.
He said: “The regime of physical training that I will undertake for the next nine months will be well worth the effort. Having recently had first-hand experience, during my mom’s illness, of the work of the hospice in caring for her both in the hospice and in her own home through the visiting palliative-care nurses in conjunction with the local district nurses team.”
Apart from raising funds, Karl is hoping that his run will help publicise the work that the Marie Curie Hospice does.
“During my mom’s respite there I learned a lot about the
Marie Curie Hospice, not least the fact that it could not provide its
specialist care to those in dire need, during a terminal illness,
without the goodwill of donations on which it relies to continue its caring service.”
Karl is urging people to support the hospice by sponsoring his marathon effort, which he has a dubbed his ‘momarathon’.
He added: ‘‘I appeal to readers to support me and the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in my momarathon run as I, you and our families do not know if and when we will need their care but, at least together, we can ensure that their work continues to help others in our community.’’
If you wish to donate visit www.justgiving.com/momarathon_tribute