Local businessman, Steve Norton, runs 250km for St Barnabas Hospice

Corporate Sales Executive of Renaissance Asset Finance, Steve Norton, has set out to do a sponsored event to raise money for St Barnabas hospice.

At age 50, Steve is running 50 five kilometre runs in 50 consecutive days, in the hopes of raising money and awareness for the charity after his mother passed away at the hospice in April 2020, where as a volunteer for 25 years, she made the cups of tea up to age 83.

St Barnabas is one of the largest local charities supporting thousands of families across the county each year and works to provide outstanding palliative end of life specialist care.

Steve’s initial target was to raise £1500 for the hospice, however he now hopes to reach £5000, and has challenged local businesses to sponsor one of his runs by donating to his cause in return for a run past advert on social media.

Steve’s recent LinkedIn post said: “Donate £50 and I will do a run past your work, £100 for fancy dress, £150 in a Grimsby shirt.”

Steve hopes to end at the hospice on his final run on 1 August.

Click Here to view Steve’s recent LinkedIn run past advert for Selenity who donated to his cause.

Steve said: “St Barnabas Hospice played an amazing part in mum’s life.

“She spent the last 25 years volunteering serving food and drink to the patients and their families adding a friendly chat and her butterfly smile.

“Just 4 years ago she was the family as Barnabas offered palliative care to my dad.

“She thrived aged 83 in her role as the poster girl on the Light a Life Campaign and the radio interviews.

“In late March I took to the hospital for some blood tests which showed cancer, she phoned me in the car park to say they were keeping her in.

“She then was transferred to a COVID ward. My only contact was through Facetime or driving past her hospital window and pipping my horn.

“She rang me and said its time Steve can you get me to my second home I want to be in St Barnabas.

“I rang them and she was there the next day.

“The nurses called me the day before she died to let me visit her for an hour in full protective gear and she squeezed my hand and said thanks for getting me here.

“The following day the nurse called to say she had passed away with them by her side.

“I really miss her but it gives me comfort to know the care she had in her last few days.

“Family was everything to mum her children, her daughters in law, her grandchildren and her great grandson but also her Thursday family St Barnabas Hospice.

“I am running 5kms every day for 50 consecutive days ending on the 1st August aged 50 to make a difference and help other families benefit.

“Anyone can donate any amount (imagine if each household in Lincolnshire gave 50p) via my just giving page.

“If businesses pay £50 I will organise so my run includes a run past advert.

“£100 and they can choose an outfit for me to wear.

“It would be great to do my final run around route of the Torch Parade and end up at the Hospice.

“Keep safe, Keep running, Keep supporting St Barnabas Hospice. #missyoumum”

Click Here to find out more and donate to Steve’s Just Giving page.