A woman from Dinnington has raised over £5000 for the Rotherham Hospice during her London Marathon attempt this year.

Helen Caple, 46, of Netherthorpe Way, raised £5473 by running the 26.91-mile race on 3 October, which she completed in just four hours and 33 minutes.

She was shocked to see the support she received and said: “It was overwhelming and it’s lovely to see people dig deep for the hospice.”

Helen with her medal for  completing the London Marathon

The Hospice works hard to give their patients first-class care, whilst also ensuring they are as comfortable as possible.

Mrs Caple said: “They’ve always helped close loved ones.

“They helped a loved one we lost 18 months ago and we would go to see them there a lot and they really care for them.”

The Hospice aims to raise £3 million each year to provide their outstanding service and often need the support of local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals like Mrs Caple.

She added: “I hope [the money] just helps people when they really need it and helps them towards the end of their lives.”

Helen at the finish line

Paula Figueira, Income Generation Manager at the Rotherham Hospice, said the money Mrs Caple raised would help fund a number of services the hospice offers to patients.

She added: “We have complementary therapists and hairdressers and you may feel like that’s unnecessary but some people do just go in to take their mind of things and have their hair done.

“[The money] pays for their complimentary meals and also for sensory lighting that helps them to relax in some rooms.”

As the only adult hospice in Rotherham, the work the staff do is even more important.

Mrs Figueira said: “Without us, the end of life care would be through the hospital.”