A city fun run is hoping to raise in excess of £50,000 for seriously ill children cared for by Little Havens Hospice.
On Thursday 6th June, over 350 city workers ran a 5km race around the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park in aid of an Essex based children’s hospice, Little Havens.
The event was established in 2012 following the tragic death of 41 year old Andrew Corbett, a credit trader for the event's sponsor Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International (MUSI), who died as he crossed the line of the Brentwood Half Marathon in 2011.
Over the days following Andrew’s death, donations from friends, family and colleagues flooded into an online fundraising page in his name raising almost £90,000 for Little Havens. This year, Andrew’s wife Tessa, 46, from Brentwood, joined runners for the race and said,
'Our children, Natasha and Jonny, started the run. We’re a real, close knit, strong family so we’re glad the money raised is going to somewhere like Little Havens. We have felt overwhelmed by the success of the event. We miss Andrew every day but he always used to say, ‘If I ever go, live your life to the full. It’s not what we want for ourselves but what we do for others that counts.’ It’s the kind of spirit he was that has made such an impact'.
The race was run by employees from MUSI as well as from other organisations, such as Lloyds of London, Lodestar, Oak Futures, Haslers and more, and prizes were given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners and to Naoki Yamamoto, 35, from MUSI who won Best Fancy Dress.
Tessa added, 'Everyone was in good spirits and it was a fantastic event. We had an amazing time; we felt amongst family. I’d like to thank MUSI because without them we simply couldn’t have done it. So much good is coming out of something so horrendous. It’s because of Andrew that this is happening and for that, the whole Corbett family couldn’t be more proud. We are itching to find out how much has been raised for the hospice'.
Little Havens Hospice is part of Havens Hospices and cares for children from across Essex who have a life-limiting illness, and their families. The charity doesn’t charge a penny for its care and must raise £46,000 each week.
Corporate Events Officer, Trisha Snow said, 'It was such a pleasure to see Tessa running amongst Andrew’s friends and colleagues in the Baton of Life. What an evening; the sun shone down on us all and the atmosphere was incredible. Our thanks go to everyone who took part and to everyone who made it happen for the second year running and we cannot wait to get back in 2014!'.
For more information about corporate fundraising, volunteer and teambuilding opportunities with Havens Hospices, please contact Havens Hospices Corporate Fundraising Team on 01702 220316 or visit havenshospices.org.uk/corporate