Marathon veteran gets back on track to support hospice
By sophia1980 | Thursday, September 12, 2013, 10:23
A marathon runner who gave up running to spend time with his dying father has donned his trainers once more to raise money for the charity which cared for his dad.
David Baber, 49, from Hallen, has taken part in the Bristol Half Marathon every year – bar two – for the past 10 years.
David is now taking part in the 25th anniversary event on 15 September in support of St Peter's Hospice which provided his father Eric Baber with vital care in his final months.
Henbury man Eric passed away, aged 69, in May after a short battle with lung cancer. After being diagnosed in November 2012, Eric's health began to seriously deteriorate in March, leading to admittance to the St Peter's Hospice day hospice.
David, a HGV driver, said: "The care and the nurses provided by St Peter's Hospice was brilliant. Dad's condition went downhill quite fast but it was great to have the Hospice at Home support for the family. They were brilliant at coming round to change the bed, give him his medicine and sort out the syringe driver. It was just what we needed at a difficult time.
"We wanted to give something back so we arranged a collection at his funeral which raised nearly £300. I'm taking part in this year's Bristol Half Marathon to continue our support. I've already raised £250 and hope to raise much more.
"It feels great to be running again and I look forward to wearing my St Peter's Hospice vest for a great cause."
St Peter's Hospice now in its 35th anniversary year cares for more the 2,670 patients each year as well as their families. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support.
Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "It's so lovely that David is supporting us this year in memory of his father. As a keen runner I'm sure he'll do great and whatever he raises will go towards providing more vital care for people with life limiting illnesses in Bristol.
"This is a special year as it is the Bristol Half Marathon's 25th anniversary and St Peter's Hospice's 35th anniversary! I'm sure it will be a great event."
To sponsor David visit www.justgiving.com/David-Baber