Hospice in Ealing Hospital cared for his friend in his final days
Joe Derrett will run 465 miles this month
A shared love of running seemed a fitting way for Joe Derrett to pay tribute to his late friend Paul Woodgate who passed away aged 45 from cancer at Meadow House Hospice in Ealing Hospital.
The media manager will be raising money for the hospice by running the corresponding number of miles for each day of the month clocking up an extraordinary 465 miles by 30 June.
Joe is confident he will reach the target with the aid of friends who will run alongside him as well as the odd ice bath for when the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
“Paul was never someone who did things by half so I think he will approve,” said Joe whose daily runs will include visiting every Premiership League ground in the capital in remembrance of his football mad friend.
“I think we were all impressed with the care Paul received at Meadow House in his final weeks. Everyone was very kind and I wanted to show my thanks by raising money for the hospice.”
Joe’s inspiration came from an article he read by self-confessed ‘running geek’ Des Linden who ran a mile for each calendar date throughout October which she coined Destober.
He has the added challenge of being diabetic but shrugs it off saying a pre-run banana and cup of coffee are enough to keep the tank full.
“The first week’s been easy but it’s going to get progressively tougher with me running back-to-back marathons and longer during the final week. I’ve run a few marathons so know what to expect.”
A bigger preoccupation seems to have been working out how to fit his runs around the upcoming European Football Championships.
“I’m sure Paul would share my concern and I will certainly be raising a pint to him when England play.”
If you want to sponsor Joe click here.
Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact email@example.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.
June 10, 2021