A marathon fund-raising effort has seen Trinity Hospice’s Linzi Young raise £1,000 for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
Linzi, fund-raising manager at the hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, took part in this month’s London Marathon to help boost our £200,000 appeal.
She said: “It was really emotional, and the longest five hours of my life.
“Overall I really enjoyed it, and I will be doing another one – but maybe not next year.”
Linzi’s achievement comes as she announces our latest Hospice Heroes total has reached£137,600.
We’re aiming to raise £200,000 to pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice, to make it fit for the future.
She said: “I am really surprised about how generous people have been and I am really touched by how much people have sponsored me. I aimed to raise £500.
“It was for them I did it really.”
Linzi, 32, from Fleetwood, said the crowd in London kept her going throughout the gruelling race.
“The atmosphere on the day was electric,” she said.
“So many people were shouting my name as I went past as I had Linzi on my T-shirt and all the runners were talking to each other and encouraging each other on.
“It was a real party atmosphere.”
Linzi had always wanted to run a marathon with her dad, Dave Young, but he wasn’t able to take part because of an injury.
But she managed to see him three times along the course.
She said: “It was bitter sweet, but as a runner I did really appreciate him being there along the way to support me. I know he really wanted to be there by my side, so watching was probably difficult for him.
“He has been the best coach ever.”
If you’re planning on becoming a Hospice Hero and raising money for Trinty Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice let us know, whether it’s a sponsored bake, run, swim or cycle event contact The Gazette health reporter Rebecca Draper on (01253) 361728.
The Gazette is trying to raise to raise £200,000 to help pay for a refurbishment. You can also find out how to make a donation by visiting www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/hospice-heroes.