In October, supporter Lizzy battled the elements to complete the Venice Marathon in aid of Compton after we cared for her partners Mum, Jill Ellam.
Lizzy took to the streets of Venice on the day that the city flooded due to the weather phenomenon known as the Acqua Alta.
“This is where a high tide and strong winds from the Adriatic Sea combine to create especially high waters in the Venice lagoon which breaches their sea flooding defences. It’s not uncommon in the city, and so they’re well versed in catering for flooding, but this was their worst flood in 20 years!
“Parts of the route had to be rearranged whilst other parts saw me running for 3km through water that was mid-calf depth. The 14 bridges we went over offered a momentary respite from the flooding though.”
Despite the flooding making the marathon more difficult, Lizzy says it also made it more enjoyable.
“It made the marathon unique, I can say I was there! The most difficult thing was actually the wind. Normally, a marathon course is a 26 mile loop, so you know that half of the route will be tail wind, but not Venice! The marathon is all in the same direction, so we were running into a 30kmph headwind.”
Lizzy has always had the ambition to run a marathon and signed up to her first, the Paris marathon, earlier this year. She was already signed up to Venice, and was training with Venice in mind, but decided to join friends in France in April.
“In Venice, I beat my Paris time by 35 minutes which I’m over the moon with. Running for me is an excuse to see these cities, but that’s also my motivation during training. I used to run with my dad when I was a teenager and ran with him when he trained for his Venice marathon, so Venice was always a clear choice for me to do.”
Through a half marathon in her home city of Cambridge, and her Venice marathon this year, Lizzy has raised an incredible £3,003 for Compton, the equivalent of 14 visits from a Compton nurse Specialist to a patient staying in the comfort of their own home.
Lizzy’s partner Nathan has also been fundraising for Compton over the last 18 months by taking part in a sponsored skydive. So far, the couple, with help from family and friends who’ve held other small initiatives, have raised an extraordinary £16,667, in memory of Jill Ellam, funding the equivalent 20 stays on our inpatient unit, where patients receive round the clock specialist care from an expert clinical team.
Thank you to both Lizzy, Nathan and to their family and friends for their commitment to raising essential funds to allow us to continue our work providing care and support to people living with the effects of incurable illnesses. You are all extraordinary.