Meet the Hope House & Ty Gobaith heroes taking on the London Marathon for seriously ill children

Dan Stanley
Keelie Owen-Taylor
Mark Jones
Andrew Davies
Nicola Jackson (left) with Chloe Farrell
Phil Roberts

We're incredibly lucky to have a total of 6 amazing supporters taking on the ultimate challenge - the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon - for the children and families we care for at Hope House & Ty Gobaith.

Read their stories and find out why they are running the London Marathon for seriously ill children here. 


In 2018 local man, Daniel Stanley, set himself a challenge; he wanted to lose weight and entered the Virgin London Marathon ballot as an incentive.   Luck was on his side and Daniel was successful in securing a place. In the past year Daniel has been training and losing weight to make his dream of completed the famous marathon a reality. To date he has lost nearly 4 stone from the 21 stone frame he started with.

Whilst running the Virgin London Marathon, Daniel has chosen to raise monies for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

He said: “I wanted to make a difference to not only me but also my local community when I undertake the marathon. Hope House is an incredible charity and I am proud to be able to support them”. 

Daniel is hoping to raise £500 to make a difference to the seriously ill children and families that Hope House support. 

If you would like to support Daniel and Hope House you can do so by donating to his giving page here


Keelie entered the London marathon ballot and was delighted when she was fortunate enough to get a place.

She said: "I’ve never entered a race before so it’s zero to a marathon for me. I wanted to run for a local charity as I think it’s really important to give something back to the community.   

"I chose Ty Gobaith as I’m a young mum to a 3 year old myself and he’s my absolute world. Secondly, because the children that benefit from the charity have a wide range of illnesses and the service not only supports them, but their families too.

"Lastly, I heard about the care and support Chloe Farrell's family recieved at Ty Gobaith following her sudden death in 2017; as a Police Officer, I know firsthand the devastation the death of a young person leaves behind so when I heard about the Snowflake room and bereavement support at Ty Gobaith, I knew it was something I wanted to support."

See Keelie's fundraising page here


Mark has set himself the epic challenge to run The Coast half marathon, the 22 mile Snowdonia Sevens (which involves also tackling 7 peaks of Snowdonia in under 10 hours), and the famous London marathon this year to raise vital funds for the children cared for at Ty Gobaith.

Mark said: "I'm running for Ty Gobaith to recognise the care and support the hospice has given to Beca and Jac, and their parents. 

"As a father of two boys I count myself extremely lucky to have never needed the hospice so I hope my one afternoon of marathon pain will support someone somewhere in need of it.

"Thank you for all you do for the children and families of our local communities Ty Gobaith!"

You can support Mark's challenge here


Hope House dad, Andrew will be running the marathon for his son, Tommy who was born with a life threatening condition and comes to Hope House for regular respite stays.

Read Andrew and Tommy's story here


Nicola is running the London marathon in memory of her best friend, Chloe who died suddenly in 2017. Chloe was brought to the Snowflake suite at Ty Gobaith where her family and friends could say goodbye to her in their own way and their own time.

Nicola has been volunteering and fundraising for Ty Gobaith in Chloe's memory  as a thank you for all the support she and Chloe's loved ones have recieved from Ty Gobaith following Chloe's death. 

Read Nicola's story here


Phil has seen firsthand the amazing support Hope House has given to his friends following the death of their baby girl, Isobelle. Phil decided to run the London marathon to ensure that other families facing the unimaginable pain of losing a child, get the specialist care and support they desperately need. He has so far raised over a phenomenal £6,000 in Isobelle's memory. 

Read Phil's story here

Thank you and good luck to all 6 of our generous, wonderful London marathon runners.

Every week, three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies. Hope House cannot stop children dying, but your support will help stop families suffering alone, and for that we are truly grateful.

Wednesday 24 April 2019

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