Neel Radia, the national chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) will run the Virgin London Marathon to raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice, Harrow & Brent – the NACC’s chosen charity for the forthcoming year and a cause very close to Neel’s heart.
Neel’s marathon effort on Sunday 28 April 2019, is the spearhead of many fundraising activities being undertaken by NACC members across the country, which include bake sales, tea parties, special events and more.
St Luke’s Hospice provides exceptional end-of-life care and comfort to patients and their families at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives, either at the In Patient Unit at the hospice or in their own homes. The services the hospice offers give those at the end of their lives the dignity and support they need to die in a place of their choice.
With all its services offered free of charge, St Luke’s relies on the generosity of the community for over 75% of its funding, with at least £3.5 million needed to be raised each year.
Neel and the NACC are supporting St Luke’s goal to raise £80,000 to enable the team to care for more people in their own homes at the end of their lives, the place where they feel happiest.
Just £75 could fund a session with a physiotherapist to help manage pain
Just £40 could fund a complementary therapy session for a patient to improve wellbeing and ease pain
Just £22 could fund the cost of running the 24/7 helpline for an hour
Neel said: “I’m incredibly proud to be running the Virgin London Marathon for St Luke’s Hospice – a charity that means so much to me. My family and I have experienced St Luke’s remarkable contribution to the community firsthand. Firstly, six years ago when my dear nan passed away at the hospice after a short illness. And, sadly, we found ourselves there again in May 2018 for the final days of my auntie’s life.
“This is a huge challenge for me. I’m certainly not a runner and I’m also asthmatic! But, I strongly believe that hospice care is what a compassionate society should provide, and I’m determined to help this fantastic cause. I have six months of hard training ahead and I will accomplish this great personal challenge and give back to the charity that I have the upmost respect for and has helped me and my family so much.
“I’m delighted that St Luke’s is the NACC’s chosen charity and I thank our members for all their support and I look forward to hearing about the fundraising activities taking place across the country.”
Neel, the NACC and St Luke’s Hospice would be very grateful for any support industry colleagues can give to help raise as much money as possible. To sponsor Neel’s marathon effort please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neel-radia4londonmarathon2019