MORE than 500 local people turned out to take part in the Hospice Run in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday (September 18), despite the period of national mourning.
Runners set off from the Lower Cricket Ground to complete the 5k or 10k circular routes on closed roads throughout the town, all to raise funds for Hospice in the Weald.
Many at the event ran in memory of popular local teacher and keen runner Matt Green, who was cared for at Hospice in the Weald’s Cottage Hospice before his death in August, aged 55.
Members of Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Wadhurst Runners and Park Run participants ran in tribute to him, along with many former students from Uplands Academy where Matt taught.
Jesse Ansbro-Brett, Fundraising Manager at Hospice in the Weald, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part in or supported Hospice Run, including our wonderful volunteers and sponsors.
“Every penny raised helps Hospice in the Weald to provide care and support to local people facing terminal illness and their families. Fundraising support is more important than ever particularly as, for the first time, we are preparing to extend the Hospice’s care to children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.”
With a host of fundraising events coming up, including the Paddock Wood Virtual Half Marathon, which offers the opportunity to choose your own route to walk or run 13.1 miles anytime this September, local residents are encouraged to visit the Hospice’s website at hospiceintheweald.org.uk to lend their support.