Racing to help say thanks for care through tough time

Katie Hedges

Katie Hedges

First published in Westbury

WESTBURY runner Katie Hedges will be competing alongside her two sisters in the Bath Half Marathon next month in memory of their dad, who died in August last year.

Mrs Hedges, pictured, who lives in Bridge Court, and her sisters Annette and Carol Cooper will run the race in aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care, which cared for their father Jim after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The charity provides physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to patients and their families facing life threatening illness, death or bereavement for free.

Mrs Hedges, 41, said: “Dad stayed at Dorothy House for three weeks before being moved home, where nurses helped us look after him for the last nine days and they were absolutely amazing.

“It was a really tough time and as well as looking after dad, they provided support to the whole family.

“They were there for counselling and prepared the grandchildren by getting them to make memory boxes.

“They were always there when we needed them and we wanted to give them something back so that they can continue helping families the way they helped us.”

Although Mrs Hedges has not been able to train with her sisters, who live in Bournemouth and Surrey, she has been running regularly with Westbury Running Club and hopes to run under 2hrs 30mins.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.

com/Net-Kate-Carol-Run-Bath -Half

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