City workers taking part in a 5km fun run this summer will be raising money for seriously ill children cared for by Little Havens Hospice.
On Thursday 5th June, the 'Baton of Life' 5km race, now in its third successful year, will take place around the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park in aid of 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 Hospice. Andrew’s wife Tessa, 47, from Brentwood, said: 'The Baton of Life is a fantastic event. We had an amazing time last year and felt amongst family. I’d like to thank MUSI because without them we simply couldn’t do it. So much good is coming out of something so horrendous. We’re a real, close knit, strong family so we’re glad the money raised is going to somewhere like Little Havens. It’s because of Andrew that this is happening and for that, the whole Corbett family couldn’t be more proud'.
Last year, runners helped to raise more than £70,000 for Little Havens. Events Fundraiser for the charity, Erika Patterson said: 'We are delighted to be back for the third year running. It's an honour to be able to raise so much money for Little Havens in Andrew's memory. The Baton of Life is a really fun way to break free from the office at the end of the working day. There is always a real buzz and we hope even more people will take part in this year's race'.
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.