Aimee Button, who works at the Queen’s Head in Bramfield, had originally planned to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile challenge alongside thousands of other runners on 26 April. But when the race was cancelled due to coronavirus, she decided to make alternative arrangements to raise vital funds. Instead of pounding the pavements of the capital, the 26-year-old will instead run a ‘virtual’ London marathon by completing 18 laps of a 1.4 mile loop based around the pub on Sunday 4 October. She is now inviting supporters to join her for a lap or simply cheer her on while making a small donation to the Pear Tree Fund. Aimee, who lives in Lowestoft, said: “Like many others, I was really disappointed when this year’s marathon was cancelled, especially as I’d be training hard for the race. “But I still wanted to cover the distance while raising money for the Pear Tree Fund, and thought running a virtual marathon would be a nice way to do just that. “I’ll be encouraging people to walk, jog or cycle with me on the day before making a small donation to the charity. I also plan to hold a charity book sale and have a dedicated area where people can cheer me on. “I hope as many people as possible will be able to support me so that I can raise as much as I can for this fantastic local charity.”
The Pear Tree Fund offers emotional, physical and practical support to people reaching the end of their lives so that those who wish to can die in the comfort and security of their own homes. Originally known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, the charity was set up in 1989. We have recently expanded the services we provide by building an innovative one-stop-shop for people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. Called The Pear Tree Centre, it opened in early 2020 and provides a wide range of valuable services closer to home for anyone from north east Suffolk or south Norfolk, including help understanding a diagnosis, bereavement support and counselling. We are asking for your support to help us continue providing these vital services for people in our rural community.