Three runners took on the Worthing Half Marathon on Sunday 12 February, in order to raise money for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women.
Andy Henry, Liam Tulett and Steve Tait-Bower all successfully completed last Sunday’s half marathon and, so far, they have collectively raised £1,230 for the Worthing-based charity.
Since 1919, QAHH has provided care and rehabilitation services, such as nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to disabled veterans and their families.
Andy’s Mum, Patricia Henry, moved to live at QAHH in July last year.
Andy explains, “I am running two half marathons this year to raise some awareness and funds for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home. The charity provides valuable care for ex-Service personnel and their relatives. I am fortunate enough for them to be looking after my Mum while she suffers from a degenerative condition called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), which is severely affecting her day to day living. The amazing care and support that QAHH staff provide for my Mum and the other residents is second to none, and I hope that I can raise some funds for them to be able to carry on with this service and improve the lives of those living there.”
Part of the 13.1-mile route saw the runners pass QAHH on Boundary Road. The QAHH Fundraising Team, along with Patricia, waited outside the Hospital Home to cheer the guys on.
Patricia said, “I felt so proud of him! I’d not seen him run before; it was a wonderful feeling. I don’t think he expected to see me, but when he did, he came over and gave a kiss.”
QAHH Fundraising Officer, Samantha Stokes, said, “On behalf of everyone at QAHH, I would like to thank Andy, Liam and Steve for running the half marathon for us, and for raising such a fantastic amount of money for our residents. We are so grateful.”