A man who shall soon turn 80 years old is leading the charge in fundraising this month

Dennis Smith from Abergele is running the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday 19th November and raising money for our hospices.

Dennis’ efforts will form part of our Final Moments Matter campaign which sees every penny raised over a 36hr period in November, doubled by a Match Funding pot put in place by generous local businesses and individuals.

Extra inspiration

Having successfully completed the same race last year, the widower and his running companion, Ilona Kurta are hoping for a faster time.

“Training is going great and I’ve just completed a 10.5 mile practice run so I feel quite good and am happy now.

“We’re hoping for some fair weather and to get around quicker than last year,” said Dennis.

The sporting friends recently came to visit Tŷ Gobaith for some extra inspiration.

Dennis said: “Visiting the hospice was brilliant and a great insight into where the money is needed and the wonderful services that are available to local families.

“I’ve been telling people all about the Final Moments Matter campaign and how their kind donations will be doubled – the response has been fantastic.”

Running friends Dennis Smith (r) and Ilona Kurta (l) who will run the Conwy Half Marathon

Could you run for us?

We are appealing for any other runners who would love to raise money and see it doubled to come forward and anybody interested can call our fundraising office on (01492) 596581.

Tŷ Gobaith fundraiser Andy Everley said: “Dennis is an inspiration to us all.

“Having lost his wife and at nearly 80 years old, we are so grateful for his efforts.

“Good luck, Dennis and Ilona, we are right behind you and know you’ll do great.

“Final Moments Matter is an exciting time for us and seeing how our kind supporters are getting behind the campaign is really heart-warming.”

Final Moments Matter runs across the 19th & 20th November and aims to raise £550,000 – or the cost of providing one year of specialist end-of-life care for local children.

Sponsor Dennis

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