Back Budleigh nurse’s Hospice UK London Marathon challenge and you could be a winner

A nurse from Budleigh Salterton running the London Marathon for Hospice UK is holding a dedicated fundraising day in town’s new Tesco Express store.

Debbie Newson, aged 45, is inviting all to her Hospice UK Day on Saturday, December 14, in Budleigh’s Tesco Express, Fore Street, where visitors can leave a donation for the charity, and be in with the chance to win raffle prizes.

Debbie wants to thank those in Budleigh and beyond who have donated raffle prizes for Saturday; The Gentlemens Room, Granny Gothards, Findlay Wines, Something Lovely Pottery, in Sidmouth, and Nikki Smith – Women’s Client Centred Massage Therapy.

Further raffle prize donations are welcome and can be passed direct to Debbie at Tesco from 9.30 on the day (December 14). Or contact her direct through her Facebook page.

The marathon runner has also thanked Tesco Express manager Adam Williams, and staff, for supporting her efforts and for an earlier donation of £250 when the new store opened in October.

Debbie will be running for Hospice UK on Sunday, April 26, and has a JustGiving page set up for donations. Sponsor her via her page before Saturday, December 14 to be in with a chance of winning an M&S hamper worth £35.

Married Debbie, who last year collected £2,600 running the London Marathon in aid of Oxfam, has so far raised more than £900 for Hospice UK and hopes to beat last year’s total.


Debbie Newson collected £300 in Sidmouth ahead of her 2020 London Marathon challenge in aid of Hospice UK.

She said Hospice UK is a national charity that supports local hospices and healthcare professionals across the country through sharing research, skills and expertise, to deliver the best end-of-life care to patients.

Debbie, whose family recently had the help and support of the East Devon Hospiscare@Home team, where patients receive care from hospice nurses in their own homes, said: “Hospice UK will support Hospiscare@Home with research and funding and make the service the best it can possibly be. It’s such a good service.

“It’s a national charity that wants to establish top-quality end-of-life care for people that use that service.”

She added: “As a nurse, we are often looking after patients that are having end of life care.  Sometimes it’s quite complex.”

Keen walker Debbie started running last year while training for the Three Peaks challenge, and was looking for new ways of keeping fit.

An eight-mile run as part of her Three Peak’s Challenge training led to Debbie signing up for the London Marathon after she realised she had run almost a third of the course.

Debbie said: “I went for a run. It was the day of the London Marathon. I just ran eight miles, really slowly and pathetically. I thought ‘If I can run eight miles, I can run twenty-six’, so I signed up for the marathon.

“When you sign up you are forced into doing the training. It’s about having a goal; I can’t be the slowest, I can’t be last.”


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