Nurse in first marathon for Weston Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 11:39 12 August 2018

Jodie Jeffery training for the marathon in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

Jodie Jeffery training for the marathon in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

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A nurse is running a marathon in the New Forest to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

Jodie Jeffery, aged 33, works as a nurse at the charity’s Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill.

She developed a passion for running last year and decided to put her new-found sporting prowess to the test in aid of the good cause.

Jodie runs up to 100 miles a month, but she has never completed a full marathon.

The dedicated nurse has now organised her own 26-mile run to raise money for the ‘outstanding’ care the hospice provides.

She said: “I have decided to fundraise for Weston Hospicecare because I think it is such a wonderful place. The services it provides for patients and relatives is just brilliant and the care is outstanding.

“It has taken me a long time to pick a charity I would like to run a marathon for. I wanted to find one I felt connected with and within a few hours into my first shift at Weston Hospicecare, I instantly knew this was the one.

“I had never worked in a hospice before and it is nothing like I thought it would be. I have to say, as a nurse, it is one of the nicest places I have ever worked at. The care from each and every member of staff and volunteers is outstanding.

“I have never run a marathon distance before but I do like to challenge myself so I thought I would take the plunge and give it a go.

“I am a keen runner and have a few medals and would like to add a marathon medal to the collection.

“This will be my first marathon and I have been doing the gruelling training and getting used to aching legs. I really hope I can help make a difference with the funds I raise.

“I have taken part in a few half marathons and my first half marathon was last September in the New Forest. It was such a lovely setting and this is why I have decided to go back this year and step up to the full marathon.”

The hospice provides vital care and support for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

It receives only a fifth of its funding from the NHS, meaning the rest must be raised through other sources such as retail shops, donations and fundraising events.

To support Jodie, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-jeffery1

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