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Mayor to run half-marathon in aid of hospice
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Mayor to run half-marathon in aid of hospice

Published date: 09 March 2020

Mayor to run half-marathon in aid of hospice

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has announced he is to run the Coventry half-marathon next month in aid of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

The Mayor has decided to run the race in aid of the Coventry-based hospice after visiting their site earlier this year and seeing first-hand the life-changing work they do.

The hospice, which is based on Easter Way in the city, is the only specialist baby hospice in the West Midlands and relies on donations from businesses and residents. The hospice is currently looking to raise funds to open a fifth cot, with the money Andy raises from the half-marathon going towards both the new cot and the hospice’s running costs.

The Mayor said: “We have some of the UK’s best charities doing brilliant work right across the West Midlands, and we should be doing all we can to support them.

“After meeting the team at Zoë’s Place and seeing their incredible work first-hand, it was a no-brainer to do my bit to try and help. Due to being the only specialist baby hospice in the region they are in high demand, and there is a clear need for them to expand.

“The sponsorship money I raise will go towards this expansion, as well as the day-to-day running costs of the hospice. To put the money into context, £30 provides an hour of one-to-one specialist care for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. I am sure the good people of Coventry will dig deep for this cause.”

Having opened in Coventry in 2011, Zoë’s Place provides 24/7 end of life and respite care for babies and infants from across the Midlands who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Not only does the hospice provide an invaluable lifeline for families, but it also gives parents a safe place to be with their child during and after their final moments.

Olivia Kaluna, the hospice’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “Zoë’s Place gives parents who are caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition a chance to have a break and recharge from the physical and emotional exhaustion of caring for a poorly baby or infant.

“There are many families on our waiting list and we do have the facilities to care for more babies, but unfortunately we lack the funding needed to open our fifth cot.

“We are delighted that Andy has chosen to run the Coventry half-marathon to raise money and awareness for Zoë’s Place, and I hope local businesses across the Midlands follow suit and pledge support to their local baby hospice.”

The Coventry half-marathon takes place on Sunday April 5.

To sponsor Mayor Andy Street and to donate to Zoë’s Place, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-street6

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