Many people think a hospice is a place where people spend their final moments, but at St Catherine’s Hospice the focus is on helping people make the most of the time they have left.
The local hospice encourages patients to live well and recognises that people are more than their illness; it’s not their diagnosis, but their individual wishes and needs that matter most to the people at St Catherine’s.
Committed to providing the local community with the best possible end of life care, the local hospice has been providing free, expert care to people across Sussex and Surrey for the last 30 years. Last year, more than 2,000 patients were cared for at the hospice and in the comfort of their own homes, including 175 patients from Reigate*.
As well as tailored practical care, St Catherine’s also offers people: emotional support, welfare advice, spiritual care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and creative activities such as music and art. The hospice recognises that, at such a challenging time, emotional support is just as important as the physical care they provide, and are also there to offer support and advice to families, friends and carers.
Although their services are free, each day it costs St Catherine’s more than £17,000 to provide their care. Receiving less than a third of their running costs from the NHS, for the rest, the hospice relies on the generosity and support of the local community. By supporting Run Reigate, you’re helping ensure St Catherine’s can be there for people in future, when and where they are needed most – there can be no better motivation to run.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help support St Catherine’s, please visit:
www.stch.org.uk or call 01293 447361.
*Town figures from 2014/2015
One of our runners…
Joelle is just one runner taking part in Run Reigate and raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice. Joelle was kind enough to give her thoughts about running for St Catherine’s this year.
“I ran last year and although it was tough I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the satisfaction of running my first half marathon. I knew a couple of my friends, (Kate and Romy) were keen and so once I saw we could run for St Catherine’s, the decision was made. We all agreed it was a great reason to sign up!
I work at Reigate Manor and St Catherine’s is our chosen charity because it does wonderful things for people in our local community, we’ve also got our General and Assistant Managers to sign up to take part.
We each have a target of £250 but would ideally like to raise more. We will have a JustGiving page which we will put all over Facebook and Twitter and just generally pester our friends and families to give as generously as they can!
Training is the hardest part, between us we have six children aged two to six and are juggling work and various other commitments. We have to try and run in the evenings and weekends but we all have different schedules so we just get out for a run whenever we can.
It’s much more fun running together!
Running 13.1 miles and raising money for such a worthy charity gives you the biggest sense of achievement. If you’re thinking about doing it in future years, just do it!”
If you would like to raise money for St. Catherine’s Hospice whilst running this year’s Run Reigate, please get in touch.