David Curtis, who claimed that he was not built for running, completed the 2014 Bristol half-marathon in 2 hours and 51 minutes and raised £7115 for Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice. Congratulations to David for taking on this personal challenge and succeeding magnificently. David said, ‘What drove me on was the thought of how much good the money I raise will do in supporting the very sick children cared for by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice. Anyone who has experienced the courage and determination of a terminally ill child will know that they deserve all the support that we can give them.’
The money raised by David’s newly acquired sporting prowess will help pay for palliative care at home for the 110 children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses looked after by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH) based in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Friends of BCH chairwoman, Daryl Ann Hardman, commented, ‘When you consider that the annual salary of a fully trained nurse at BCH is £5,200, you realise what a huge contribution David’s splendid effort has made to keeping this wonderful Hospice going. It is a place that celebrates life and does its best to make the short lives of its young patients as full and rewarding as possible. The Hospice does not believe in shutting away children with terminal illnesses or chronic disabilities in institutions, it believes in their right to live at home with their families, pain-free and with as much love, stimulation, joy, medical and practical support as they and their families require. The model of children’s hospice care adopted in Belarus is largely the UK model and we are able to support them not only financially but also by sending UK specialists to help train their staff and to give advice.’
All BCH’s services are provided free of charge.