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The cancellation of this year’s London Marathon has not deterred two enthusiastic local runners from taking part virtually to raise funds for their local hospice, Treetops Hospice Care.

Bryony Sibson from Matlock, and Andy Glover from Kilburn, are both completing the 26.2 mile virtual challenge this Sunday 4 October to raise money for the charity that supported their respective families.

Treetops made a huge difference to how the family was able to cope

Treetops Hospice at Home nurses cared for Bryony’s husband’s grandmother during the final stages of her life last year:

“Treetops made a huge difference to how the family was able to cope. They provided Hospice at Home nurses to help her through her final weeks and their compassionate service was invaluable.”

I want to support Treetops as much as possible

Bryony won her London Marathon place in a special Treetops ballot late last year. She plans to run and walk her 26.2 miles around Grindleford, taking in some of Derbyshire’s most famous sights such as Chatsworth, Froggart and Eyam.

“I want to support Treetops as much as possible and I’m so glad that there is still an opportunity to raise money. It’s been a tough year for lots of people, so to have an event that focuses on the positives, is just what is needed.

“The idea is just to be outside for the day with my partner, enjoy ourselves, count ourselves lucky for being fit and able to do it, and hopefully engage lots of passers-by in what we are doing.

“On the rollercoaster ride that this year has been, Treetops have always been so friendly, so helpful and full of positivity. Thank you all for helping me have the opportunity to participate and I hope I can continue to raise lots of money and support for you all.”

It’s been a very tough year

Bryony works for the not-for-profit outdoor activity centre Mount Cook Adventure Centre near Matlock:

“Like many other hospitality businesses, we were not able to open until July and we still haven’t been able to welcome our usual school and youth groups. It’s been a very tough year. We noticed that the desire to get away this summer was overwhelming so Mount Cook diversified to welcome families on small, adventure stays. It was really successful and we are still hoping to welcome more families throughout autumn.”

Andy, who is run leader for Smalley Road Runners, plans to run just over three laps of hilly Carsington Reservoir, ending at the visitor centre for a celebratory cuppa.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions, those who’ve been bereaved, their families and carers. Last year, Treetops Hospice at Home nurses provided over 28,000 hours of care across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Treetops is doing all it can to continue to support those in most need. The hospice welcomes donations to their Treetops COVID-19 Appeal to ensure the future of the hospice and its services.