St Christopher’s Running Rev steps out to raise hospice funds

St Christopher’s Spiritual Care Lead, Dr Andrew Goodhead, aged 51, is getting in training to run London’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October on behalf of the hospice.

This is the first time that Andrew has stepped out on behalf of this hospice, and his colleagues, including former athlete David McKenzie, who won the gold medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, have been giving him plenty of running tips and encouragement (as well as the moniker ‘the running Rev’!).

Andrew, who lives in Sydenham, has been Spiritual Care Lead at St Christopher’s for 11 years, meeting spiritual and religious needs across the hospice community, encompassing all faiths or none.

Andrew comments, “I’ve been running for about five years, and have been in training for the half marathon by running around Crystal Palace Park, although the Pokeman Go craze is causing quite a lot of hazards with people busy only looking at their phones!

“I’ve decided to raise money for our Young Adults Group because it’s a new venture at the hospice which is really needed in South East London. The group offers supportive care to young adults with life-limiting conditions who have recently left the care of children’s hospice services, helping them make the most out of every day and also start taking decisions about their own care”. 

Phillipa Sellar, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Young Adults Groups coordinator, says, “Although many of the young people in our group have complex care needs, we are really excited to be taking a group of 10 young adults to attend the WOMAD music festival in Wiltshire this year, supported by staff and volunteers. This opportunity would not be possible for them without the ongoing support of St Christopher’s”.

 St Christopher’s Young Adults Group offers drop-in sessions in the Anniversary Centre at the hospice in Sydenham where young adults, their friends and carers can relax or take part in activities such as music, drama, art or gym sessions.  Support is also given to the wider family or carer of the young adult.

 To support the Young Adults Group at St Christopher’s please visit Andrew’s Virgin Giving page at visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningrev

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon starts and finishes in London’s Hyde Park. Over 16,000 runners take part in the 13.1 mile route through Central London, taking in the spectacular sites of the capital and beautiful Royal Parks.