Friends’ marathon efforts pay for a weekend of care and support across Suffolk

Friends’ marathon efforts pay for a weekend of care and support across Suffolk

Dec 15, 2017

A group of nine runners will be paying for a weekend of care and support from EACH across Suffolk.

It costs the charity £5,300 a day to deliver its service in the county and members of Running for EACH Other raised more than double that by taking on the London Marathon and Colchester Half Marathon this year.

The close-knit group of friends, almost all from Felixstowe, joined forces after Kate Long was successful in securing a London Marathon spot.

Kate was joined in training by Keri Symonds, Laura Barrow, Meggan Poole, Lucy Sheehan, Lacey Gale, Alexandra Carr, Katie Smith and Hannah Devine, who all signed up for the Colchester Half Marathon, despite some of them having never done anything like it before.

Among other events they organised to supplement their fundraising was a glitter ball at the Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

Kate said: “We’re so thrilled to have been able to raise such a large amount of money for EACH. We were so well supported by friends and family who got behind our running challenges and attended our ball. The charity does such amazing work for children and their families, and we hope our fundraising goes some way towards supporting its fantastic work.”

The friends’ fundraising has brought in £12,062 for EACH and, to celebrate, they ​will be given a tour of The Treehouse, on Saturday (16 December).

Natasha Brame says: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to these nine ladies for their marathon efforts in raising money for us. We have to bring in more than £5 million from fundraising every year, so community support like this is absolutely vital.”

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  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
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  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
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The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH