Our runnning man
Meet Willen’s running man, Wes!
When Wesley Auvache decided to dedicate 2018 to Willen Hospice, he knew it would involve running. He wanted a challenge that would push him to his limits, as well as raise money and awareness for the Hospice, so just
one or two runs wouldn’t be an option! In fact, this year, he has taken part in more than 20 running events for Willen Hospice.
Wes took on his challenge after hearing first-hand about the care his friend’s dad Norm had received at Willen Hospice during his last weeks. “Coming from Milton Keynes, you can’t help knowing about the amazing care that is provided at Willen” said Wes. “But it was when I heard how well they cared for Norm that I knew I wanted to do something special, and thank those who were there for him.”
“There’ve been ups and downs but I have really enjoyed this year. This is my way to say thank you for the amazing care that Willen provides. We never know when we, or someone we know might need them, so this is the least I can do.”
Wes began with the Watford Half Marathon in February and since then has taken on four marathons, 13 half marathons, a 20 miler, 10k, half iron man, a trail run in Switzerland and the Polar Bear Challenge in Greenland.
Wes, who was honoured to be asked to be an MK Marathon Ambassador this year, has been joined on his fundraising mission by #TeamWes which includes his wife Lisa who ran the MK Half Marathon and Bedford Twilight 10K, and his mum, who joined to take on the Willen Hospice Lake Run in October, making it a real family affair.
He finished his year-long challenge in his home town, with the MK Winter Half, followed by Santa Dash in December.
We can’t thank you enough Wes. What a year!
If Wes has inspired you to take on your own challenge for Willen Hospice we have lots of ideas suitable for all levels of ability. So whether you like cycling, abseiling, running or trekking contact Chris Gregg email@example.com to find out how you can get involved.