Among the 10,000 runners tackling the Bristol Half Marathon this Sunday will be a man with a very special motivation
Ash Daniells is running 13.1 miles along the River Avon and around the city centre to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice in memory of his mum and dad, Kath and John Daniells.
Kath was cared for in the Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice towards the end of 2010 and received support at home from the hospice’s Community Nursing Specialist team before her death from ovarian cancer in January 2011. John had been battling kidney failure for five years, and had just been referred to the hospice when he died in 2014.
The couple lived in Brislington, where Kath worked in a factory and John was Managing Director of a Steel Fabrication company.
Ash now lives in Brislington with his husband, and since the death of his mum has been busy fundraising for St Peter’s Hospice, including taking part in the hospice’s Walk to Remember in 2012 and 2014 alongside his six siblings. In 2012 Ash completed the national Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Kath and John Daniells
“I want to push myself to raise money for a charity close to my heart,” said Ashley. “This charity receives little NHS funding yet is the only Hospice that helps adults in Bristol.
“From caring for terminally ill patients to providing bereavement counselling to the families that are left behind, they really do make such a difficult time that little bit easier.”
“I really cannot say enough about how wonderful they are.”
Ash has completed the Bristol Half once before in 2007, and is aiming to beat his previous time this year – having already beaten one fundraising target! His JustGiving page is already over the initial £1,000 goal, and Ash wants to raise as much as possible in the next week. To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ash-runs-the-half.
Ash will be one of more than 50 runners taking on the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of St Peter’s Hospice on Sunday. The charity is aiming to raise £20,000 from the event – the amount of money needed to run the hospice for just one day. All of our care is provided free of charge, so for most of this money is on Gifts in Wills, donations, fundraising and our shops.
To find out more about fundraising for St Peter’s Hospice visit stpetershospice.org.uk/support-us.