Andy Burnham MP to run London Marathon for Hospice

07 March 2014

Andy Burnham MP is getting ready to take on his first marathon challenge, raising money and awareness for Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

Andy will be running 26.2 miles in the Virgin London Marathon, and he hopes to raise lots of money for Wigan & Leigh Hospice. The marathon takes place on Sunday 13th April and Andy will also be joined by parliamentary colleague and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP.

Andy Burnham MP was joined by Alan Baron, Chief Executive and staff at Wigan & Leigh Hospice today as he launched his online donation page at;

http://www.justgiving.com/Andyburnham-WLHospice

Fresh from the inaugural Wigan 10K last year, Andy has been putting in the hard miles of training in between his busy parliamentary diary and is taking to the streets of Golborne at weekends as the big day approaches.

All money raised for Wigan and Leigh Hospice will go towards their 'Hospice in your Home Service', which is supporting patients and their families in Andy's constituency, Leigh, and across the Wigan borough.

The 'Hospice in your Home' service takes the skills, ethos and practical nursing care associated with the Wigan and Leigh Hospice into the home environment, seven days a week. It is provided by a small team of Qualified Nurses and Healthcare Assistants and aims to offer more time with patients and to give practical support and nursing care to patients and their
carers.  

After testing in four pilot areas, Wigan and Leigh Hospice is looking to roll out the service across the local community.

Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan & Leigh Hospice said:

"We are delighted that Andy has chosen to support the Hospice in  his Marathon efforts. Andy has been a great supporter over many years. We need  to raise over £7,000 each and every day to keep our services open. Our new  "Hospice in your Home" service forms a major part of our expansion to enable  more people to remain in the place of their choosing as they come to the end of  their lives. Andy's efforts and those of the thousands of other local people  who have supported the Hospice over the last thirty years will enable us to
continue spreading our reach. We wish him well on his run and I, for one, am  sure that he can beat Ed Balls."

Andy Burnham MP said:

"I can be seen at weekends cutting a lonely figure on the East Lancs road in the  wind and the sleet.

But what keeps me going is the knowledge that money raised will help to fund the  important work that Wigan & Leigh Hospice performs."

And when asked of his target for the marathon, Andy added:

"To finish ahead of Ed Balls, obviously."

Andy Burnham

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