Marathon proceeds presented to hospice

Skegness Coasters' Julie Hawkesford crossing the London Marathon finishing line.
Skegness Coasters' Julie Hawkesford crossing the London Marathon finishing line.
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A Skegness runner recently presented the total funds raised through her first London Marathon attempt to the end of life hospice she chose to support.

Skegness Coasters member Julie Hawkesford raised a fantastic £700 for The Butterfly Hospice through sponsorship from friends, family, fellow runners and local businesses.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported me by donating and spreading the word,” she said.

“My family and friends were fantastic, believing in me and making sure I kept positive, especially after suffering an injury during training.

“Running in London was amazing, I loved it and have entered the ballot for next year, along with several more of the Skegness Coasters who have been hit by marathon fever after seeing how much myself and the others enjoyed it.

“The atmosphere was amazing and it was great to hear spectators shouting ‘Come on Skeggy’ as I ran by in my Skegness Coasters vest, it made me feel very proud.”

“I would not have had this experience if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support from the Skegness Coasters, being an affiliated club, we are given guaranteed club places for the Marathon, I secured a club place for this year and the rest is history.”

Julie has also thanked the Skegness Skegness Facebook group for sharing her information and tracking her progress and the local businesses that hosted collection boxes for her.