We’re Running the London Marathon for Hospice UK!

Increasing physical activity improves health outcomes


In 2016, Jean Blower, the mother of Podiatrist and Co-Director, Nicola Blower, passed away as a result of bowel cancer. Nicola’s Mum was looked after brilliantly in her final moments by a Hospice in Lancashire. Hospices provide a very much needed aspect of end of life care when people are too ill to be at home but don’t need to remain in hospital when they are no longer receiving active care.

Sadly, Hospices only receive about one third of their funding from the government. The rest of their funding requirements need to be sourced and raised by the Hospices themselves, which is where charities such as Hospice UK come in. In fact, when Nicola’s Mum needed Hospice care, she had to go on a waiting list because no beds were available, which, obviously causes more distress at an already distressing time of life.

What are we doing?

We are running the London Marathon on 2nd October 2022 for Hospice UK as part of an ongoing series of physical activity challenges to raise money for them, but also to raise awareness of the link between physical activity and the risk of developing long-term health conditions such as bowel cancer, dementia, cardio-vascular disease and much more. When we’re younger, we don’t think much about the end of our lives or what we can do to prevent certain conditions developing. We often don’t always associate being active with living longer, but exercise is medicine and increasing our physical activity is an aspect of our lives that we have control over and this may mean we reduce our chances of needing the care of a Hospice. We have already raised nearly £900 from previous challenges, but we have an ambitious target of £5000 in total.

Can you help?

If you would like to help us raise money for Hospices and promote the link between physical activity and long-term health, please visit our JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-chadwick-blower-walkrite-hospiceuk-londonmarathon2022

Thank you for any support you can give!