Bryan Hucknall

Bryan Hucknall

Virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Christmas Eve 2020. I stood at the front of our local crematorium next to my recently widowed dad, and 28 other socially distanced family and close friends for my mum’s funeral.[/p][p][b]My mum aged 70, passed away at her home in December 2020 from Pancreatic Cancer [/b]with my dad, her sister and myself by her side. From being diagnosed in January 2020, she fought though a regime of Chemotherapy, a broken back, Hospital acquired infection, loss of appetite, bed sores and pain. She never moaned, always tried to keep a smile on her face, and would always say thank you to those that were helping her and caring for her.[/p][p]In the last few weeks of her life, we were made aware of the [b]Nottinghamshire Hospice[/b], a charity that's about [b]being part of the last stage of someone's life with compassion and empathy, adding life to days.[/b] The Nottinghamshire Hospice offered support at a time when there was no hope. They were experts in making my mum feel the best she could in those last weeks, days and hours.[/p][p]The Nottinghamshire Hospice provided carers for a number of overnight stays in those last few weeks of her life. My mum could be properly supported, cared for and pain-free throughout the night. My family & I could get some sleep without constantly listening in and caring for her needs. [/p][p]Additionally, the Nottinghamshire Hospice team visited twice a day to ensure my mum was as comfortable as possible, safely moving my mum into a more comfortable position, checking the morphine drip was still attached and working, ensuring the catheter was still attached and not leaking, professionally caring for her with the dignity & respect everyone deserves, providing my family with much needed reassurance my mum was getting the best care possible in her last days of life. They enabled her to die at home instead of a lonely hospital bed. They truly did add life to days.[/p][p][br][/p][p]As a “thank you” for my mum’s care, and in an attempt to give something back to the Nottinghamshire Hospice, [b]I’m going to run the Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021, to raise funds for the Nottinghamshire Hospice charity[/b]. [/p][p]How can this fundraising be used? £35 provides 1 hour of care in your home in the last moments of life. £350 provides a carer for one overnight stay in your home. My target of £1,000 would enable another family to benefit from the care and support the Nottinghamshire Hospice Team provide. The £1,000 target would enable a visit every day for a week, and 2 overnight stays by an experienced carer.[/p][p][br][/p][p]The Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon is [b]real running[/b]. I'll be outside running [b]a real 26.2miles marathon in one go, at the same time as the actual London Marathon[/b], & being part of the world's biggest-ever marathon. [/p][p]I’ve been trying to get a ballot place in the London Marathon for the past 4 years, so to get the chance to run in the official Virtual London Marathon is a fantastic opportunity. 26.2miles, a distance I’ve never attempted before, even when I was healthy. To make it harder, I’m going to [b]run in fancy dress, and run The 2021 Robin Hood Half Marathon the week before[/b].[/p][p]I'll be running the Virtual London Marathon with 49,999 other runners around the world, all of us at the same time as another 50,000 runners in London. I've planned a route that starts from my mum's house, goes past the Nottinghamshire Hospice, & takes in 6-out-of-10 of the Nottinghamshire Hospice Charity Shops, ending at their Radcliffe-on-Trent branch.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I was previously a “proud plodder”. I wasn’t fast at running, but would be out there 3-4 times a week, run 10ks and half marathons for fun, and not for charity. The most recent halves being The Robin Hood half marathon in September 2019 dressed as Spiderman, & the Run Silverstone half marathon in November 2019 dressed as Bananaman.[/p][p]In March 2020, I contracted COVID19. It was early into the pandemic, a time when testing was still being launched, and the media was reporting on ventilator supplies, & patients going into hospital with COVID dying. I had the usual symptoms of a continuous cough, fatigue, lower-than-normal blood oxygen levels, high temperature, and an inability to breathe properly. I remember not even being able to finish sentences without being out-of-breath.[/p][p]After nearly a month, I’d got rid of most symptoms apart from the sub-optimal breathing & fatigue. Cut a long story short, being part of the Long COVID Clinic helped identify [b]I have a damaged phrenic nerve in my chest, a part collapsed left lung, and a diaphragm that’s moved north to occupy the space where the bottom of my left lung should be. This means I have a decrease of about 50% lung capacity.[/b][/p][p]COVID knocked me out of running for 8 months. I attempted a few runs during this time, but they didn’t go too well. In those 8 months I substituted running with Chocolate, cake, cookies & co-op cheesy bread, & I managed to put on nearly three stone. I'd get angry & jealous at seeing others out there running, me knowing I couldn't run, & really missed being out there.[/p][p]The “get yourself back into gear” call came around the same time as my mum passing away in December 2020. Being out running (ok ralking – a combination of trying to run-and-walk) was a chance to get outside, have time to myself, process what was going on, listen to podcasts that I’d not otherwise bother with, and open up the lungs. It helped me realise how much I missed and needed running.[/p][p][br][/p][p]So this challenge is going to be hard. [b]A longer distance than I’ve ran before, the added edge of doing it with less lung capacity, and a warm-up Half Marathon the week before.[/b] And asthma. And this time for charity. In my head, I can do this. With the support of friends, family & colleagues, a focus on why I’m doing this, and sensible realistic-for-me training, my body should be able to do it too.[/p][p][b]Please sponsor what you can for me taking on this 26.2mile marathon challenge. Help me raise my thank you money for the Nottinghamshire Hospice charity. Help others benefit from the same care and respect received by my mum and family.[/b] And those of you who pay tax, please say “yes” to gift aid so the UK Government can give 25% more. For every £10 donated by tax-payers, the Govt will give an additional £2.50.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you for reading my story. And please, sponsor me and donate what you can to support The Nottinghamshire Hospice.[/p]
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Sep 12, 2021


Good luck Brian


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 9, 2021

Charlie Canlin

Hope to see you soon. You will smash it x


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 5, 2021

Mr and Mrs greenwood

Go Bryan go!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 24, 2021



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2021



plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2021


Wishing you all the best Bryan with your virtual marathon. I’ll be virtually cheering you on from my arm chair.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2021


Think you're mad but I'm proud of you


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 14, 2021


Very proud that you're doing something so positive Bryan, I hope you absolutely smash that marathon! Xx

Aug 12, 2021

DHU Health Care CIC


Aug 7, 2021



plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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