A kind-hearted woman from Goole has completed the Hull Half Marathon raising over £1,700 in aid of a local charity during its 30th year of care.
Helen Tawn took to the streets of Hull, running 13.1 miles in 2 hours 51 minutes in memory of her friend John Mitchell, who passed away at Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Healthcare in 2020.
Helen said: “I booked my place at the Hull marathon back in 2019 but Covid hit and it meant that everything was delayed. After I’d signed up for the race, my dear friend John Mitchell sadly passed away.
“John’s daughters Lucy and Ruth spoke so highly of Lindsey Lodge and the kindness the team showed him and his family, that I was inspired to run in memory of him and raise money for the Hospice.”
After two and a half years of training, Helen crossed the finish line on Cottingham Road on Sunday 12 June, completing her very first half marathon.
Helen added: “During my final kilometre of the race I was joined by John’s daughter Ruth. Having her run by my side gave me the final push I needed to finish the race.”
Lindsey Lodge Hospice Fundraiser Emma Hartley: “What Helen has achieved is incredible, paying special tribute to her friend John while raising so much money for Lindsey Lodge, in her very first half marathon.”
She added: “Here at Lindsey Lodge we’re celebrating 30 years of care thanks to the support of people like Helen. Every penny she has raised will go directly to our care and enable us to continue supporting local patients and their families.”