Supporters go the extra mile for our hospitals!

The Cheltenham Half Marathon saw supporters going the extra mile for their local hospitals, setting off from Cheltenham Racecourse on a scenic but challenging  route around the town with a huge amount of support from the local community for runners taking part.

Lisa Kilbride and Helen Hyde ran for our Epic fund, raising over £3,000 which will help to provide counselling and specialist equipment for children and young people with epilepsy

“Our family life has changed massively since my son was diagnosed with epilepsy. As a mum, watching your child have regular seizures and having to cope with a serious, long-term condition, can be heart-breaking. That's why I started training for the Cheltenham half marathon, having never run before - to raise money for EPIC which I know will make an impact on local children with epilepsy and their families.” Helen Hyde

For one of our runners, Kirsty Sheehan, the half marathon was the finale of a hat-trick of challenges; Kirsty took on a skydive and gruelling devil mud run in the weeks leading up to the half marathon, a triple challenge she undertook to say thanks to our local hospitals.

“Five years ago I was diagnosed with a nasty tumour and I have no idea where I’d be now if it wasn’t for the wonderful care, treatment and ongoing support from the hospitals. I will be forever grateful to them. That’s why I’m doing this to myself – to raise money for the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity to help them continue the brilliant work that they do.” Kirsty Sheehan


Our Focus fund for local cancer patients was also well supported, with a runner raising funds to provide rise and recline chairs for people receiving chemotherapy treatment.

“we're raising money for a special rise and recline chair which will make patients much more comfortable during their treatment, and enable them to change position. It'll make a huge difference to a lot of patients.” Gemma Hastilow

A huge thank you to all of our runners for their dedicated support! The 2017 Cheltenham Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 24th September, to find out more about registering for this or any other events to support your local hospitals contact or 0300 422 6738.