Today’s #fundraiserfriday is Hannah Tomes, who is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) to thank them for all the help and support they gave to her Gran, Oma.
Hannah tells us “I decided I wanted to run the London Marathon a few years ago, but applied and didn’t get a place. I was lucky this year and managed to snag one! It’s just the ultimate challenge both fitness and endurance wise, and I’ve been wanting to do it for a few years now, although I’m not much of a natural runner so the challenge is massive!”
Hannah chose to run for QEHB to thank them for the “amazing work” that they did in helping her Gran – as well as countless others – through really tough times. In 2012, Oma was battling Oesophageal cancer in 2012 and relied heavily on the work of QEHB. QEHB provides direct clinical services to nearly 800,000 patients every year, serving a regional, national and international population. Hannah says “They did so much for her, and I can’t find words to thank them enough – we wouldn’t have her here today without them, and for that, I owe them the world (and a little bit more!)“.
When asked about her training, she said that the hardest part so far has been the motivation to get going when it’s cold and rainy outside. But she adds “it’s also very rewarding when you realise that each time you’re getting a bit better.” And of course, Hannah’s main motivation comes from the charity she’s working hard to support. “The money I raise will go towards giving other families more time with their loved ones. That’s what keeps me going when its grey and cold and the last thing I feel like doing is going for a run!”
What Hannah is most looking forward to at the finish line is seeing her family and boyfriend – “hopefully with a large gin waiting for me!” – and the prospect of having hit the £1500 target she chose for QEHB.