Volunteer to Run Sunflower Run in Thanks

Volunteer to Run Sunflower Run in Thanks

One of our volunteers who was helped by Beaumond House Community Hospice when she was diagnosed with breast cancer will be among those taking part in this year’s annual Sunflower Run For Fun.


Heather Robb, 47, of Rutland Avenue, Newark, will walk the 5km route at Newark Showground with her friends Sue Cross and Dawn Hyams and Dawn’s daughter Ellie.

Heather will be walking because she is not fit enough to run and is still having reconstructive surgery at Nottingham City Hospital.

Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and treated at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and the City Hospital.

She was supported by Beaumond House from 2010 and became a volunteer there in February.

“When I found out I had cancer I didn’t know how I was going to cope,” she said. “I’m a single parent and I was devastated.

“I used to walk past Beaumond House every day before I was ill and thought it was a place where people go to die. I never thought I would end up there myself.”

Heather said when she started going to the hospice she was surprised by how cheerful everyone was. She said nothing was too much trouble for the staff and volunteers.

“They have done so much for me. I cannot thank the hospice enough,” she said.

Heather first did the Sunflower run in 2010 when she was undergoing treatment and had lost her hair. She has done it every year since.

Last year she dressed as a sunflower and this year she plans to wear a superhero costume. She is encouraging others to take part.

“The atmosphere at the Sunflower run is great,” she said. 

“It is a time when everyone can come together to do something good.”