Residents urged to make October a marathon month to boost Hospiscare as Covid-19 costs charity £1million

Hospiscare is hoping supporters will make October a marathon month to boost its work helping terminally ill people and their families in East Devon and Exeter.

The charity has launched a new virtual challenge as the coronavirus crisis has had a ‘drastic impact’ on its fundraising efforts – with many events cancelled.

‘Marathon in a Month’ is encouraging residents to walk, jog or run a total of 26.2 miles in 31 days next month.

The event is open to everyone and is great opportunity to get the whole family – even four-legged friends – involved.

A Hospiscare spokesperson said: “By stepping up to this challenge and raising sponsorship money, local people can help Hospiscare to continue its vital care for people and families living with terminal illnesses across Devon.

“The charity is predicting a £1million deficit to its funding this year.

“Hospiscare relies on the local community and income from fundraising events to fund 85 per cent of its services, which allows patients and families to access free, outstanding palliative care when they need it most.

“Hospiscare’s vital work has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic with the hospice’s specialist ward in Exeter remaining open and patients continuing to receive end-of-life care in their own homes.”

You can support the charity’s Marathon in a Month challenge and register your place here.

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