Almost a year later, Darcy was scrolling through Facebook when she saw a post from St Peter & St James Hospice promoting places in the London Landmark Half Marathon and decided to sign up and run in memory of her Dad.
“It was totally a spur of the moment decision! When I got home and told my mum, she asked me how I was going to be able to do it, as I’m really not sporty. Amazingly, she mentioned it to a family friend who happened to be a runner themselves and they offered to help train and support me.”
Darcy trained hard over the winter, in sometimes very tough conditions. “It was really tough getting up in the early morning, rain or snow to train, I couldn’t have done it without the help of a family friend.”
Friends, family and ex-colleagues of David’s were also incredibly supportive when Darcy asked for sponsorship, coming together to raise double her original target of £1,000 and leaving encouraging messages on her JustGiving page.
“Dave was an awesome man, his positive can-do attitude remained throughout his journey, I have no doubt he will be running alongside you, wearing fancy dress grinning from ear to ear. You’ll smash it x”
On the day of the half marathon Darcy’s Mum and the team from the Hospice were there to cheer her on. “I felt like I was doing really well and then I got all emotional when I saw my mum and the Hospice team, it really hit home for me why I was doing this. When I crossed the finish line I turned to the lady who I’d been running next to and we both had a good cry.”
Darcy chose to run for St Peter & St James Hospice to show her gratitude for the care her Dad, Mum and she received. The event and training were a challenge, but Darcy is incredibly glad she did it. To others who are thinking of running for St Peter & St James Hospice she said;
“Do it, as hard as it was, it was so worth it, for such a good cause, it’s so so worth it.”