Tamsin set to run London Marathon for Mum

Published on: Thursday 22 Mar 2018 at 09:42

The wonderful Tamsin Dowsett will take on the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April in memory of her mum and in aid of St Clare!

A daughter from Ilford (now living in London) is set to participate in the prestigious London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018 in memory of her mother and in aid of St Clare Hospice.

Tamsin Dowsett, an esteemed London West End performer and musical theatre actress, will join with eight other runners to represent St Clare at the UK’s largest marathon, taking on the challenging 26.2 mile route through the capital. Miss Dowsett was inspired to apply for a Gold Bond place on Team St Clare after her mother, Susan Dowsett, received end of life care from the hospice in February 2013.

Commenting on the care her mum received from St Clare Hospice, Miss Dowsett said:

“I had been caring for Mum at home, but we got to the point where I didn’t know how I could help her anymore, or what I could do. But then St Clare stepped in, and the sun came out. The moment we walked in to St Clare, it was like stepping into a luxury hotel! From the get-go, nothing was too much for the nurses to help and support us.”

Miss Dowsett continued:

“The care and attention my Mum received in the last few months of her life at St Clare made all the difference in making our journey just that bit easier. I thank St Clare from the bottom of my heart. I am incredibly grateful and I know my Mum is, too.”

Commenting on her London Marathon challenge, Tamsin said:

“On 22nd April 2018, I will run the London Marathon in memory of Mum and in aid of St Clare Hospice. Running for St Clare is incredibly important and personal to me. It will be so very motivating to know that I am running in memory of my Mum, and to support the vital care and support that St Clare offer to local people every single day. It has always been important to me to challenge myself and be the best version of myself – to be brave and live all that life has to offer. After losing my Mum, I know the value of the phrase ‘life is a gift,’ and how important it is to seize the day.”

Tamsin Dowsett is aiming to raise £2,000 in vital funding for St Clare Hospice – enough to pay for almost a months’ worth of our 24hour advice line, which provides crucial help and advice around-the-clock for patients and families in need of immediate support.

If you would like to sponsor Tamsin for her London Marathon challenge, and support St Clare Hospice, please visit her fundraising page at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TamsinDowsett

To assist her fundraising efforts, Tamsin will also be hosting a West End Cabaret evening at 7.30pm on Sunday 8th April 2018 at Above the Arts theatre in Leicester Square, London.

If you have your own ballot place for the London Marathon and would like to run for Team St Clare, please contact our Challenges and Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, on 01279 773754 or email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk

Tamsin’s story

My Mum, Susan, was a nurturing, selfless person. An ex-primary school teacher, an artist and best of all, a wonderful mother. She always supported and encouraged my sister and I to live life to the full, and was always there for us.”

“During a very bravely fought battle with breast cancer, Mum came to stay at St Clare. I had been caring for her at home, but we got to the point where I didn’t know how I could help her anymore, or what I could do.”

“But then St Clare stepped in, and the sun came out.”

You can read Tamsin’s full story about why she is fundraising for St Clare Hospice, here: stclarehospice.org.uk/stories/tamsins-story

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