Runners raise thousands for St Luke's Hospice

The 5P team: Vidhata, Khushboo, Neil, Kaveet and Jigar Patel ran in memory of Upender Patel,

The 5P team: Vidhata, Khushboo, Neil, Kaveet and Jigar Patel ran in memory of Upender Patel,

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 Runners raised thousands for a hospice charity when they took part in a 10K run.

The seven supporters of St Luke’s Hospice took part in the British 10K Run last month and have now collected all the sponsorship money, raising more than £2,000.

The runners were among19,000 who took part in the run, which went past the landmarks of London including Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Five of the runners were from same family and were running in memory of their relative Upender Patel, who died of stomach cancer.

Neil Patel, nephew of Upender said: "It started early Feb in 2013, when someone who meant the world to us was diagnosed with stomach cancer. This person was Upender Patel.

“So the months went by, he had his chemo sessions and we believed it was all going well, however the cancer was on its own warpath, and continued spreading.

“Unfortunately December 6 came, and he passed away in the early hours, in his room.

“We still think about him and miss him dearly, but as life goes on, it's our job and duty to ensure those people suffering, are living their life to the fullest.

“We discussed various charities, but St Luke's Hospice, stood out to us the most, helping those who are ill, and in similar situations to what we have been through is simply amazing.”

Another runner for the hospice in Kenton Grange was Lorraine Hunt, who ran in memory of her father-in-law Tom, who was treated at St Luke’s.

She said: “I have to say even though Tom only spent a matter of hours there, he got his wish not to die in hospital, the whole place from the moment we walked into it had such a peaceful air about it, the beautiful gardens are what he loved.

“Not only was he treated with respect and dignity but us as a family were looked after too, advised what will happen next when in all honesty we were numb.”

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3:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Particularly moving to hear the accounts of runners who had the benefit of loved ones helped by St Luke's Hospice.This is a very special place which we must all help support.Good to see so many help the campaigns you hold throughout the year.You richly deserve it.

Keep up the good work.God bless.
Particularly moving to hear the accounts of runners who had the benefit of loved ones helped by St Luke's Hospice.This is a very special place which we must all help support.Good to see so many help the campaigns you hold throughout the year.You richly deserve it. Keep up the good work.God bless. Sonoo Malkani
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