An 11-year-old Worcester schoolboy is taking on the biggest sporting challenge of his life to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice in memory of his beloved Uncle.
Eddie Underwood, who goes to school at King’s St Albans, Worcester, has already raised over £1,200 in his challenge which will take place on Saturday, 2nd April.
Eddie will run the first two miles from Upton Upon Severn Rugby Club, and will be joined by his Headmaster Richard Chapman to cycle ten miles to Worcester. Eddie will run the last two miles to end at Sixways Stadium on the outskirts of the city.
His Uncle, David Underwood, was a huge rugby fan who used to play for Upton and was a life-long supporter of the Worcester Warriors. Eddie is aiming to arrive in time to be the match mascot when the Warriors face Newcastle at 3pm.
Eddie said: “I’m a happy, sport loving eleven-year-old and I’m lucky to have a brilliant life with great friends.
“Sadly, my Uncle David passed away last year and I’m planning to raise heaps of money for St Richard’s Hospice, as they cared for him so well when he needed help.”
Eddie added, “I would also like to thank Worcester Warriors for the huge support they have been in helping me with his challenge.”
To donate to Eddie visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/timetobeawarrior
Sofia Gunster, Fundraiser at St Richard’s said: “This is a tough challenge for Eddie and we’re in awe of his determination and dedication. We wish him well in his training and on the big day. Everyone at the hospice is very grateful for his support which will help us fund our care of patients and their loved ones.”
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.
Each year the hospice team supports more than 2,900 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
It costs £8.75m to run the hospice (20/21 audited accounts), which includes patient care and all the necessary support services.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with the remainder funded by the NHS.
For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit www.strichards.org.uk
More information about St Richard’s Hospice
Who does St Richard’s Hospice care for?
St Richard’s cares for people with a serious progressive illness who have complex needs which cannot be met by other services. These include cancer, and neurological, respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions.
All its services are available to people registered with a South Worcestershire GP. The St Richard’s In-patient Unit cares for people across Worcestershire.
St Richard’s cares for people by:
- early involvement in the course of a person’s illness alongside other therapies that are intended to prolong life
- enabling people to manage their illness and remain independent for as long as possible
- helping people to control their pain and other worrying symptoms
- helping people with emotional, social, practical and spiritual issues
- supporting families and carers before and through bereavement
- working in partnership with other health care providers and organisations
- encouraging wider understanding that death is a part of life
- supporting the local community to be well informed about the care available to them
- supporting the health and social care workforce through education to provide high-quality, individualised care.
Where they care
St Richard’s offers free care and support for people in the hospice, in the community, in GP surgeries, at clinics or by telephone.