Running Reverend takes on half marathon to raise money for hospice
PUBLISHED: 10:21 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:21 02 August 2016
He is being supported by former Commonwealth Games gold medal-winner David McKenzie
The spiritual care lead at St Christopher’s Hospice - nicknamed the Running Reverend - is getting ready to run London’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on October 9.
Dr Andrew Goodhead, 51, is being supported by former Commonwealth 4x400m relay gold medal-winner David McKenzie and other colleagues, who are providing running tips and encouragement as he strives to raise money for the hospice.
The Sydenham-based reverend has served St Christopher’s for 11 years, meeting spiritual and religious needs across the hospice community, encompassing all faiths and none.
He said: “I’ve been running for about five years, and have been in training for the half marathon by running around Crystal Palace Park, although the Pokeman Go craze is causing quite a lot of hazards with people busy only looking at their phones!
“I’ve decided to raise money for our Young Adults Group because it’s a new venture at the hospice which is really needed in South East London.
“The group offers supportive care to young adults with life-limiting conditions who have recently left the care of children’s hospice services, helping them make the most out of every day and also start taking decisions about their own care.”
The Young Adults Group offers drop-in sessions in the Anniversary Centre at the hospice in Sydenham where young adults, their friends and carers can relax or take part in activities such as music, drama, art or gym sessions.
To support the Young Adults Group at St Christopher’s, visit Andrew’s Virgin Giving page at visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningrev