Hospice supporters Tina and Steven Kimberley have raised around £360 for St Catherine’s after tackling two major fundraising events on the same day.
The couple, from Fulwood, were joined by daughters Caitlin, 14, and Ella, aged 10, at the sponsored Manchester 5k Color Run last month, before the duo took on the hospice’s 10-mile Moonlight and Memories Walk that same evening.
“There was definitely some blood, sweat and tears!” Tina admitted. “It was very hard, and tiring. But we really felt like we’d achieved something huge.
“I’ve done the Moonlight and Memories Walk every year since it started 11 years ago, in memory of my nanna Ella Davies, who was cared for by the amazing staff at St Catherine’s. I’ve done the Color Run for the past four years – but they’ve never fallen on the same day before.
“I really wanted to do both because I really enjoy them and love taking part and supporting St Catherine’s – I had even more reason to get involved this year, as I was also remembering my dad Keith, who was cared for at the hospice late last year. The staff were incredible on both occasions.
“We just really appreciate everything the charity has done for our family, and it’s good to be able to give something back.”
She added: “The Color Run started a bit later than expected on the Saturday, so we only had a couple of hours’ rest in between that and the Moonlight and Memories Walk. We finished at about 1am on the Sunday and we were absolutely shattered!
“It was challenging but good fun, and very rewarding. People were pomping their horns as we walked through the night which spurred us on.”
St Catherine’s fundraiser Norman Cutler said: “Tina and Steven really went the extra mile for us this year – what an incredible achievement, which must have taken a lot of will-power!
“They showed real determination to the cause, and it’s thanks to people like Tina and Steven and their daughters, who feel proud and committed to supporting the hospice, that we’re able to continue providing specialist care to local people with life-shortening illnesses, and offer our dedicated support to their loved ones, now and in the future.
“We’d like to say a special thanks to the Kimberleys – and everyone who walked and ran for us that busy weekend in July!”