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24 Jan 2018 16:35:46
Joanne Clough race night

All bets are on Joanne Clough reaching her fundraising target for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity at this year’s London Marathon following a race night held to help her reach her £2,000 goal.

Joanne Clough, a specialist stroke nurse for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, organised the race night at the Three Horseshoes Pub, Wickersley, for family, friends and colleagues supporting her marathon efforts.

The race night was attended by 80 people and involved guests betting on virtual horses in eight races. Those with winning steeds split their winnings with the charity, raising £820 for the Purple Butterfly Appeal.

Joanne, of Bramley in Rotherham, said: “I started running about a year ago after I was diagnosed with autism. I wanted to do something positive to show that my diagnosis was not something that would hold me back. My family, everyone from the stroke unit at work, my gym and running club have been really supportive of my ambition to run the London Marathon so I wanted to arrange an event to say thank you and to help me reach my fundraising target.

“I was so proud to see so many people at the race night, having fun and raising money for the Purple Butterfly Appeal, which is really close to my heart. I’m fundraising in memory of my mum, Linda Pritchard, who died five years ago. She was a coronary care nurse in Rotherham for 30 years so raising money for the Purple Butterfly Appeal will be a lovely way to honour her memory.

“Thank you to everyone who came along to the event or who donated prizes, especially everyone from my team who I couldn’t have done this without. All the support and good luck messages I received at the event have really spurred me on.”

The money raised will help the charity to install a fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital. The £75,000 purpose-built rooms offer privacy and dignity to patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families. 

The money goes towards funding all the building works, specialist equipment and facilities for loved ones to stay plus a television, fridge, microwave and a kettle.

Joanne is a member of the Rotherham Harriers and Athletics Club and is training four times a week in preparation for the London Marathon on 22 April. She will be one of thousands of runners starting the 26.2-mile route in Greenwich before heading past iconic sights such as Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace before heading to the finish line on The Mall.

Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “We really are incredibly proud of Joanne and all her fundraising efforts. Thanks to Joanne, and everyone who has helped her fundraise so far, we’re one step closer to raising enough money for our fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital which I know will benefit patients and their families for many years to come.”

Joanne previously hosted a charity quiz night at the Ravenfield Arms in Rotherham in October to help her reach her fundraising target. The event raised more than £500.

You can support Joanne by donating online http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoanneClough_TRFT_Charity

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk. Alternatively, visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/charity.