Jane bravely completes London Marathon and raises cash for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity days after losing husband
A Wisbech nurse laced up her running shoes to bravely complete the London Marathon on Sunday - just three days after losing her husband of 34 years to cancer.
Jane Clarke, a nurse with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, announced her plans to complete a number challenges in 2021 for the charity never dreaming that she and her family would need the care it provides.
But having already completed the Peterborough Marathon in May and a 100 mile cycle ride in June, Jane found herself, not only having to train for the London Marathon, but also having to care for her husband Andy as he battled malignant melanoma.
His diagnosis just six weeks ago meant Jane's plans to run the London Marathon were up in the air especially as Andy was told the cancer had spread and there was no treatment for him.
Sadly he deteriorated quickly and died on Thursday (September 30) at home, leaving Jane and their two sons Lee and Ross.
But Jane said: "Andy knew how much I've always wanted to do the London Marathon, so I decided to go and do it."
She completed the run in 3hrs 36 mins - just one minute short of her personal best, despite being tired from the trauma of the previous six weeks, and the emotion of taking part.
Jane said: "I'm so thankful to all my friends and family for the love and support you've all shown."
She paid tribute to her colleagues from Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which provides a hospice at home service to patients like Andy, allowing them to die with dignity at home surrounded by their family.
Jane said: "I need to thank Michelle (matron Michelle Knight) and all my colleagues who cared for Andy at home over the last two weeks and supported the boys and myself.
"Team Alan Hudson your are the best, your care, compassion and professionalism is second to none. I love you all and am proud to belong to such a caring team."
As well as the hospice at home service the Alan Hudson Day Care Centre in Wisbech provides outstanding care to more than 400 patients a year, helping them to make every moment count.
The centre is funded only partly by commissioned income. The remainder of the costs come from donations to the Arthur Rank Charity, and Jane's efforts so far have raised nearly £4,000 both with online donations and donations made directly to the centre.
To sponsor Jane visit her Justgiving page.