Bury fund-raiser tackles Great North Run raising more than £1,700 for hospice

Clare Black and Joanna Birch present a cheque to Charlie Ruddock from St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-151029-164601001
Clare Black and Joanna Birch present a cheque to Charlie Ruddock from St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-151029-164601001
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Bury St Edmunds fund-raiser Clare Black has handed over more than £1,700 to St Nicholas Hospice Care by taking on the gruelling Great North Run.

Clare, who finished the event in two hours 20 minutes back in September, smashed her original fund-raising target of £300 - eventually raising £1,713.

She was inspired to support the charity after visiting her friend John Birch who stayed at the hospice before his death in July.

“The Hospice has been, and still is, amazing - for John’s care while he was in there and the support they have given his wife Jo and their daughter,” she said.

“I had never been to the Hospice before but when I went to visit I was so taken back by the care and facilities offered.

“I left there feeling the need to raise some money.”

Having already secured a place in the run, Clare told Jo her plan and together they asked for donations.

“A lot of John’s friends supported us - he was a well-loved character so people were happy to donate,” said Clare. “I never thought we could raise so much and it was a team effort with Jo.

“My target was £300 so to raise more than £1,700 was beyond anything I could have imagined. It was incredible to hand over that amount.

“It’s great that something positive came out of a horrible situation.”

On Friday, October 23, Clare and Jo visited the Hospice to hand over the funds.

Charlie Ruddock, St Nicholas Hospice Care Events Administrator, said: “We’re really grateful to Clare for thinking of the Hospice. All the money she raises will help the Hospice to make living with dying better for people facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses – like John - and their families.”