Glorias London Marathon Mission Raises Thousands for Worcester Hospice
Tuesday 24 April 2018
West Midlands Hospital General Manager Gloria Kerrigan braved the heat of the London marathon to raise over £6,500 to support a hospice close to her heart.
Determined Gloria clocked up the miles at the high profile event to raise cash for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.
Her daughter Laura was cared for at the hospice before she sadly lost her brave battle with cancer in December 2016.
It was the first full marathon that Gloria has taken part in and she worked with a Personal Trainer each week and completed regular runs around her home town of Malvern to prepare for the race.
St Richard’s Hospice cares for patients and families who are living with life limiting illnesses.
Each year it provides free care and support to over 3000 people to help give them the best possible quality of life.
Gloria, 53, of Malvern, Worcestershire, said: “It is the first time I have entered a marathon and although it was an exhausting experience it was a truly unforgettable one and I am so glad I was given the opportunity by St Richards.
“I was determined to complete the marathon and raise lots of money for such a wonderful hospice.
“I’m very grateful for the care and support the hospice provided for my daughter and our friends and family and I wanted to do something to help them as they rely on donations to keep them sustainable.”
The 26.2 mile marathon route takes in the top sights and famous landmarks in central London and took place this year on Sunday 22nd April.
Gloria is now in her fourteenth year at the private West Midlands Hospital which is part of the Ramsay Health Care group.
She celebrated 30 years working for Ramsay Health Care in 2017 and has worked at five different Ramsay hospitals during the last three decades.
Donations flooded in from different Ramsay hospitals, including Rowley Hall Hospital where she was previously General Manager.
Colleagues at West Midlands Hospital also gave Gloria a special send-off at the hospital before she headed to the capital.
Staff presented her with a hamper for the event and wore t-shirts with the message ‘Go Glo’ on to show their support.
Gloria said: “I was nervous about it because to go from doing training runs to running in an event of this magnitude was quite daunting.
“The whole day was truly amazing though and I don’t think I could have done it without all the encouragement I received in the run-up to and during the marathon.
“I’m delighted to have raised so much money and I’d like to say a big you to all my friends, family and colleagues at West Midlands Hospital who have supported me every step of the way and have donated so generously.”