Over £2,000 raised by Jack in memory of mother

Jack Daley, 26, from Norwich ran the San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on 7th April 2019, after his mother received support from Priscilla Bacon Lodge when she was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.

Karen Daley, who worked at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, was later told the cancer had spread to her brain and her son moved back home to care for her. It was at this stage that Priscilla Bacon Lodge started supporting the family, with visits from a palliative care nurse and the Specialist Community Homecare team.

Jack said: “Having scheduled visits meant that I had peace of mind that Mum was safe and being cared for at the times when I could not be with her, and most importantly that she was kept very comfortable with the support from the Homecare team. I am so grateful that Priscilla Bacon Lodge were so supportive to our family and respected my Mum’s wishes. Once she was stabilised, they enabled her to spend her final days in a care home. The experience made me realise that the existing facility is over-stretched, so fundraising to help build the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice was the least I could do.”

Jack’s mother died aged 65 in June 2018.

Jack registered to take part in our ‘£1 Million Challenge’, set up to help us achieve our goal of building a new 24 bed hospice, so more people can choose where they wish to receive end-of-life care. The £1 Million Challenge involves 1,000 individuals, groups or businesses all pledging to raise £1,000 each, to give a total of £1,000,000. Each £1,000 raised allows the name of the individual, a loved one, or a company to be added to a plaque that will be displayed in the new hospice once built.

Our Head of Fundraising and Communications, Hugo Stevenson, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the total that Jack has raised. We have had a tremendous response to the £1 Million Challenge, with individuals and businesses signing up to get involved. It is lovely that Jack’s fundraising endeavours in memory of his Mum will be recognised in the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice.”

At the time of writing, Jack’s fundraising total stands at an amazing £2,382.42, so he has more than doubled his goal. We are delighted to say that Jack successfully completed the run in 1:57:49, achieving his aim of under 2 hours. We caught up with him afterwards and he told us he was feeling a little sore, but very proud! Congratulations on an amazing effort Jack, we are so grateful for your support!