Blackpool carer’s 500km running challenge raises money for Trinity Hospice in memory of mum

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Blackpool carers 500km running challenge raises money for Trinity Hospice in memory of mum

Julie Dean and her dad Peter Smith present Trinity Hospice with £910, after Julie ran 500km in memory of her mum Doreen Smith MBE. Photo: Julie DeanJulie Dean and her dad Peter Smith present Trinity Hospice with £910, after Julie ran 500km in memory of her mum Doreen Smith MBE. Photo: Julie Dean

She was awarded an MBE from the Queen for her services to charity.

Julie said: “My mum was diagnosed with cancer three months before she died, but I told my dad I didn’t want to know which kind of cancer she had.

“Trinity Hospice was just amazing through it all. My mum spent two weeks in Trinity after leaving Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but she wanted to come home after finding out she only had a few months left.

“They helped us look after her, we had carers coming to check on my dad and make sure he was okay as well.

“It was brilliant to be able to give the money over to them, and knowing which cause it was going towards kept me going.”

Michelle Lonican, community fundraising manager at Trinity Hospice, said: “We are so incredibly honoured that Julie has chosen to support Trinity Hospice in memory of her mum Doreen Smith MBE.

“This enormous amount raised will enable Trinity Hospice to continue to care for those patients and their families across the Fylde coast needing compassionate end of life services when they need it most.

“It’s so heart-warming to hear she has endured all weathers over the 500km covered to complete her challenge and we thank Julie so much for thinking of us.”