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Runner Ruth completes London Marathon in aid of Neath Red Cross project

17 April 2014

For immediate release Thursday 17 April, 2014
For further information Samantha Whitwham (swhitwham@redcross.org.uk)
Contact number 07860 715 831
 
Ruth Chambers, 45, has completed her first (and last) marathon in memory of her parents who spent their lives in Neath, South Wales. She is also raising funds for a Neath-based British Red Cross service that supported her father before his death in 2011.

The freelance environmental consultant, who was born and raised in Neath but now lives in London, joined 36,000 other runners on Sunday (13 April) and completed the 26.2 mile race in six hours. Her efforts have raised almost £3,000 for the Red Cross. The money will be split between the charity’s Neath Home from Hospital service and the Syria Crisis Appeal.

Ruth explained: “I really wanted to support the Red Cross as they were a fantastic help to my Dad, Bernard, after Mum died. Mum and Dad had been married for over 50 years and Dad really didn’t cope very well after Mum passed away suddenly.

“I was in London throughout the week and there wasn’t anyone to pop in and check on Dad. Then he started getting support from volunteers from the Home from Hospital service and they were an absolute life-line. They were a huge help to Dad and also provided me with peace-of-mind while I was away. It is a wonderful service.”

Volunteers and staff from the Home from Hospital service regularly visit older or vulnerable people who have been discharged from hospital but have little support at home. They offer practical help, including shopping, collecting prescriptions and light housework, as well as emotional support and companionship to help smooth the process of settling back into a normal routine. The service enables people to regain their confidence and independence much sooner and reduces the likelihood of re-admission to hospital.

As well as this local service, Ruth is also supporting the Syria Crisis Appeal. She said: “The Red Cross are well known for their international work and the situation in Syria is getting increasingly worse. This is a humanitarian crisis on a completely different scale to the one that my Dad was facing, but it portrays the extent of the work of the Red Cross. They are there for anyone, anywhere.

“Completing the London Marathon was an amazing experience. It was tough, especially in the middle section, but the crowd were so encouraging the whole way round. They helped me complete the course and I’m glad I could do it for the British Red Cross.”

Elizabeth Sinclair, team leader of the Home from Hospital scheme in Neath said: “All the team would like to congratulate Ruth on completing this wonderful challenge. We are incredibly grateful to her for raising such a fantastic amount which will go a long way to help vulnerable people in our community. Our volunteers and staff are highly trained and ideally placed to ease the transition from hospital to home, helping to build confidence and resilience, aid recovery and reduce isolation of those affected.”

To contribute to Ruth Chamber’s fundraising, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Ruth-Chambers

For more information about the Red Cross Home from Hospital service, including how to become a volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Sinclair on 01639 639 894 or email LSinclair@redcross.org.uk.

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Notes to editors

 >    For interviews or more information contact Samantha Whitwham, 07860 715 831

>    The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

>    We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

>    For a Welsh version of this press release, please contact Samantha Whitwham, 07860 715 831

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