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Two times the reason to run

If you live in, drive through, or came anywhere close to Bath, you will know that last Sunday was the Bath Half Marathon.  And sure, it’s one of the UK’s longest established and most popular city centre road events because of its ideal terrain and beautiful setting, but that isn’t why the Stonewood Team took on the challenge for local charities The Forever Friends Appeal and Dorothy House Hospice.

Their motivation was the memory of two dear colleagues and friends, Kevin Whittaker and Tony Ridewood who both sadly lost their battles with cancer;  Kevin in 2010 and Tony in 2014. Team Stonewood wanted to run on Sunday in support of Kevin and Tony’s Tribute Funds, set up by each family for each charity.

The team running included Joe Bergson, Tom Carter, Ben Lang, Sam Smart and Matt Vaudin. Their commitment to this challenge is their expression of appreciation for the support their friends received from Dorothy House and the RUH.

Kevin Whittaker was a patient of Dorothy House and his tribute fund was set up by his family. Dorothy House supported Kevin and his family, providing free specialist nursing care at home, as they do across the 700-square-mile area including Bath, north and west Wiltshire and northeast Somerset. Every day, Dorothy House Hospice Care supports around 800 families affected by cancer, motor neurone disease and other life threatening conditions. The vast majority of the hospice’s expenditure – 92 per cent – goes on patient care.

Tony Ridewood, father of three, was married to his wife Ruth for just a year when he was diagnosed with cancer. Ruth set up his Tribute Fund for the Forever Friends Appeal Cancer Campaign which seeks to raise £8.5 million towards the build of a new cancer centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. The new development will take a holistic approach that is designed to produce a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families. It will transform RUH cancer services and provide the very best care for all our cancer patients and their families. The Appeal has currently raised £6.2 million for the new Cancer Centre.

On behalf of the Forever Friends Appeal and Dorothy House, we would like to thank   Stonewood team for raising to date a fantastic £2500 – you have been amazing!

The hospice and the Appeal depends on the generosity and support of local people to make donations, take part in sponsored challenges, hold their own event or leave a gift in their Will.

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