On a cold and bright Sunday afternoon 10 of our runners from our 2019 London Marathon team paid a visit to our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House.

The visit is specially organised by the Challenge Events team to give the runners the opportunity to gain a real insight into what a children’s hospice is really like, and show some of the services and facilities that are available to the families who desperately rely on our support. The visit also gives the team a chance to get to know one another and share how their training is going so far.

LM hospice visit 2019

During the visit the team were given a tour of the hospice and received a talk from supported dad, Paul Chandler who told of how his family benefit from the service. During the talk Paul said, “Shooting Star Chase make the unusual and tragic circumstances we are in feel normal and accepted.” A seasoned marathon runner himself, Paul also offered the group some useful tips and hints on preparing both physically and mentally before the big day.

LM hospice visit 2019

Loren Ludlow, Challenge Events Fundraiser said of the visits, “The visits to our hospices are a really important part of the training for our London Marathon runners. They offer a real insight into what a children’s hospice is really like and allows them to ask questions and find out exactly what the money they are trying to raise goes toward. We are very lucky to have the amazing Paul Chandler there, who not only offered his expertise in marathon running, but also shared his first hand experience of Shooting Star Chase as a supported dad.”

One runner said of the visit, “What an amazing place! The care they provide to the babies, children and their families is amazing. A truly humbling experience. We are even more motivated to get to that finish line than we were before.”

With another commented, “The tour of the Hampton hospice confirmed my reasons for running and supporting this charity. Listening to a Dad speak about their story and how they are helped in so many aspects of their lives, really put things into perspective. It makes my challenge in April seem pretty simple – putting one foot in front of the other around the streets of London… it’s not going to be easy, but knowing exactly where the money is going that I raise, is a huge motivator on the dark chilly training runs and will be on the marathon day in a few months!”

LM hospice visit 2019

A similar visit for more of our runners will be held at Christopher’s, our Guildford hospice next weekend.

If you fancy joining the best team around – #TeamSSC there is still time to join us this year! If you have your own place through the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot & undecided who to run for please do get in touch with us to find out more – loren.ludlow@shootingstarchase.org.uk

And if running isn’t your thing – don’t worry we have plenty of different challenges you can take on whilst helping to make every moment count for children with life-limiting conditions and their families – visit our Challenge Events page to find out more.