Jane Clarke, a nurse who works at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre – an Arthur Rank Hospice service based in Wisbech – was one of sixty runners who proudly ran the sixth Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 5 March, to raise funds for the Hospice’s care and services. The Charity has revealed that over £23,000 has now been raised by ‘Team ARHC’, breaking last year’s record high of £22,000!
Jane has worked as a palliative care nurse at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre – which is based out of North Cambs Hospital and cares for people living with a life-limiting illness, in Wisbech and surrounding Fenland areas – for eight years. The day centre is an Arthur Rank Hospice service, which as a whole (in tandem with a hospice in South Cambridgeshire and the Arthur Rank Community Team caring for people across the county within their own homes) helps support over 2000 people each year, who are living with a life-limiting illness.
Jane explains why she is passionate about what she does: “We are a small but very busy nurse-led unit of nine staff and twelve volunteers. In 2015/16 we at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre cared for 188 patients, along with 58 day therapy admissions and 48 outpatients, as well as providing clinical advice and support to 22 patients being cared for on the Trafford Ward which is adjacent to the day centre unit. The work we do makes huge differences to the lives of those we care for, as well as their family and friends”.
“The unit not only offers day therapy – which helps us to asses and support patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs – but also provides symptom management, psychological support and treatments such as blood transfusions and iron or other infusions for things like pain relief. It’s such a rewarding job and you can’t fail to see the very real impact our care has on the individuals and families we come into contact with.”
Having taken up running three years ago, Jane was thrilled to complete the half marathon on what was a blustery day in Cambridge in an amazing, personal best, time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 51 seconds, saying of the feat: “I had wanted to run a half marathon for a couple of years but never had the motivation so this was the ideal opportunity. I was really pleased with the time I achieved. I would like to thank everybody who sponsored me for such a worthwhile cause”.
She raised a wonderful total of £746.50 (as of 21 April) thanks to the support of her family, friends, patients and colleagues, who also supported her with a collection at a Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey game in February which raised £86.50 towards her total.