The assistant manager at a popular Suffolk pub battled torrential rain and strong winds on Sunday (4 October) to complete the virtual London Marathon on behalf of the Pear Tree Fund.
Aimee Button, who works at the Queen’s Head in Bramfield, completed the 26.2 mile distance by running loops based around the pub. The 26-year-old finished the race in seven hours and 55 minutes – and said it simply would not have been possible without the fantastic support she received along the way.
Aimee has so far raised more than £1,200 for the Pear Tree Fund, but will keep her fundraising page open for a further month in the hope of increasing the total still further.
“I was very sore on Monday but so proud that I did it!” said Aimee, who lives in Lowestoft. “The wind and rain made for horrible conditions to run in and running laps was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I honestly couldn’t have got through it without the support of everyone, both on the day and beforehand.
“I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the love and support from everyone and am truly honoured to be fortunate enough to run for a fabulous charity.”
The Pear Tree Fund, formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, was set up more than 30 years ago support people with life-limiting illnesses who wish to die in the comfort and security of their own homes.
More recently, it raised £900,000 to build the Pear Tree Centre, which opened earlier this year on land next to Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth and brings a full range of holistic services closer to home for people with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. This includes benefits advice, support for children and families, complementary therapies, help understanding a diagnosis, counselling and bereavement support. The charity is now raising money towards the centre’s £180,000 a year running costs.
Ted Edwards, charity trustee, said: “We are hugely grateful to Aimee for choosing to support our charity and battling such horrendous weather to complete the 26.2 mile distance. She should be incredibly proud of her achievement.”
To sponsor Aimee, click here.