Lindsay Marshall from Whickham is taking on this year’s Great North Run for the first time in aid of St Oswald’s, in memory of her mother, Maureen Dews, who worked at the Hospice.
“My mam died two years ago so I decided to set myself a challenge and run the Great North Run in her memory, for the place that was such a big part of her life – St Oswald’s Hospice. My Mam worked at the Hospice for over 25 years, for most of my life, and was so passionate about end of life care and how important it was.
“Up until this year I’ve never really ran before, let alone trained to run over 13 miles. As I’m not a natural runner this is a bit of a crazy thing to sign up for, but I wanted to do something for Mam. She would probably think I was mad for doing this but I know she’d be proud and chuffed to bits that I was doing it for St Oswald’s.”
Maureen joined St Oswald’s as a staff nurse on the Inpatient Ward and then became Team Leader of their Day Hospice.
My Mam was amazing! She wouldn't want me to say she was perfect by any means, but she loved God, loved her family, loved people and was one of the most selfless people I knew. I miss her every day. My Mam cared so much for people in general and most importantly for her patients. She felt that everyone deserved to die with dignity. She was such a compassionate person and I couldn't think of anyone better to work in a Hospice.
“St Oswald’s is amazing, the staff and volunteers do such a fantastic and difficult job. Every time I have visited it has always been full of happiness and it is clear the staff care so much about what they are doing and their patients. As a GP, I’m also involved in palliative care and know how difficult it can be. Hospice care is amazing but is in high demand and needs as much support as it can, which is why supporting St Oswald’s is so important.
Lindsay is training on her own and although she is finding it challenging, the thought of why she is doing the run is keeping her going. Lindsay added:
I’m really excited and nervous for the day. I’ve probably underestimated just how emotional it’s going to be but hopefully some of my family will be at the finish line to meet me.
So far I’ve raised over £200 and I’m so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me. On a recent visit to the Hospice I left feeling even more motivated. I saw how much Mam still means to her team and I was totally moved by their lovely card of encouragement and words about Mam, and for sponsoring me too. I’ll be running a bit faster thanks to them!
Helen Alderson, Fundraiser at St Oswald’s added:
We are so grateful to Lindsay for supporting us at this year’s Great North Run and think it’s a wonderful way to remember Maureen. We hope she has a brilliant day, we’ll be there to cheer her and our other runners on as they reach the finish line.
We rely on the support of our local community so that we can continue providing care to North East families. If you’d like to register your interest in running for us next year, please give us a call on 0191 246 9123.
If the Great North Run isn’t for you, check out our Life List on our website www.stoswaldsuk.org/lifelist and see if any of our other challenges inspire you to support us.
St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist care to North East adults, young people and children from across the North East. To sponsor Lindsay please visit www.justgiving.com and search ‘Lindsay Marshall’.