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ellenor hospice in Gravesend gets boost thanks to sporty teenagers

Teenagers took on a 24 hour run to raise money for a hospice.

Kent County and London Pulse Netball Club player Emily Geear, 17, was inspired by a TikTok challenge to run 24 miles in 24 hours. She just needed a partner to run with.

ellenor Hospice 24 hour challenge runners Emily Geear and Alfie Evans
ellenor Hospice 24 hour challenge runners Emily Geear and Alfie Evans

Emily, who goes to Dartford Grammar for Girls and lives in Horton Kirby, said: "I wanted to raise funds for the ellenor hospice in memory of my uncle Steve but I needed a partner to join me run one mile every hour for 24 hours – so I asked my mum, Sam."

Fortunately for Sam, her place on the start line was taken by Emily's friend, Dartford Football Academy student Alfie Evans, 18. Kicking off at 9am, the pair ran 26 miles over the next 24 hours, slipping in the extra two miles to make the challenge up to a marathon distance.

Having run all day and through the following night, the weary runners were joined by their families and friends who helped them cover the last two miles.

With the last leg finishing at 8.30am, Emily and Alfie had run the distance in a combined time of 3 hrs 34 mins and raised £1,915.

The ellenor charity provides care to adults living in Gravesham, Dartford and Swanley in their place of choice; including their own home, at the hospice in Northfleet or a local care home. The children’s service is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across North and West Kent and the London borough of Bexley.

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