Belinda and Stephen Neild are teaming up to run the London Marathon together in memory of their loved ones who were patients and supporters of our hospice.
Belinda has been raising money for us over the last twelve years, originally in memory of her Mum and then for her Mum’s siblings too. Belinda’s Mum was a patient at our Little Hulton site and died there in 2011. Stephen’s dad Kevin Neild was also a patient at our hospice, with both Belinda and Stephen saying the St Ann’s staff were amazing.
This year the husband-and-wife duo are running the London Marathon in memory of their brother-in-law Alan Sidlow and Aunt Bernadette Bancroft. Both thought highly of St Ann’s and donated to every challenge the couple has completed to raise money for us.
Belinda hit an incredible milestone last year after raising over £20,000 for our hospice and the duo are hoping to add to this next week.
Belinda has run over ten marathons many of which have been in costumes such as a Rubik’s cube, a Forrest Gump and a sumo wrestler, as well as completing a triple marathon challenge.
Completing a marathon is an amazing achievement in itself, but Belinda also got two Guinness World Records for running the fastest time dressed as an item of stationery – a red crayon first then as a pencil!
“We’ve never stopped fundraising since 2011, I never expected we’d still be raising so much money but everyone around us knows how important St Ann’s Hospice is to our family.
We know all of our loved ones that had a connection to the hospice would be so proud, it really is a charity close to our hearts. Belinda Neild, Supporter
Our Fundraising Manager Lucy Leeming, says: “We are so grateful that Belinda and Stephen have raised such an incredible amount of money for us over the last twelve years.
“It means the world to us that supporters like Belinda and Stephen dedicate so much of their time to supporting us and raising awareness of our services. We are excited to see Team Neild cross the finish line next Sunday!”
We provide important care and services to patients across Greater Manchester who have life-limiting illnesses, and we also support their family and friends in their time of need.
Fundraisers like Belinda and Stephen are the reason we are able to provide excellent care to so many people.
Training is not going to be easy but with hard work and determination we will both cross the finishing line and hopefully raise as much money as we can for the hospice. Belinda & Stephen, Supporters