Leeds hospice chief enters Jane Tomlinson’s 10k race

Kerry Jackson, chief executive of St Gemma's Hospice.
Kerry Jackson, chief executive of St Gemma's Hospice.
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SINCE becoming the new chief executive of St Gemma’s Hospice, Kerry Jackson has attended fundraising events and got to know about the charity’s work.

But now, she’s putting her best foot forward to raise much-needed funds by signing up for her first 10k race.

Kerry will take part in Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All Leeds 10k, taking place in the city on Sunday, June 19.

The event will be Kerry’s first-ever race – and although she has attended and supported various fundraising events, this will be her first personal venture for the hospice in Moortown, Leeds.

She said: “It’s my first time running but I really wanted to raise some money for the hospice and I’m going to be asking my friends, family, colleagues and everyone I know to sponsor me for a good cause.

“It’s quite a long distance for a first time but it’s all about raising money. I’ve been to fundraising events and I know how hard the team works at St Gemma’s, so I wanted to do something personal.

“We rely so much on the generosity of our supporters and they always deliver, which is fantastic. This year, we have some challenges ahead of us given the economic climate and St Gemma’s has amazed me since I’ve been here.

“The work we do and the feedback we receive from patients shows how special the hospice is and that’s a reason to do it.”

She added: “10 kilometres is a long way but it doesn’t sound that far in the light of the struggle that some of our patients and families go through at the hospice.”

Kerry took over from former chief executive Bill Kilgallon after his retirement in November last year.

She has started her training for Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All Leeds and can for run two miles, which is around 3.2km.

She added: “A 10k run is about six miles so I’m getting there and by June I should be able to run the full distance.

“It certainly won’t be my last fundraising event. I might sign up for the Windermere Row next year because I think that would be a great experience.”

To enter Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All Leeds 10k, visit www.runforall.com. To sponsor Kerry, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search Kerry Jackson.

* The YEP is supporting the Jane Tomlinson Arena Mini and Junior Run on Sunday, May 8. The junior run, for nine to 14-year-olds, is 2.5km long; while the mini run, for three to eight-year-olds, is 1.5km long. To enter, visit: www.runforall.com

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