Michael sets new PB in fundraising – and in his race time

Michael Conroy

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and show our appreciation to the people who have gone to great lengths to raise funds for the Hospice, enabling us to continue to offer the highest standards of care to our patients and their loved ones.

One of those supporters is Michael Conroy, from Alexandria. Michael, 41, raised more than £950 through sponsorship for his fantastic efforts in completing the Great Scottish Run.

Michael took six minutes from his PB to finish the Glasgow half-marathon course in a superb time of 1hr 48 mins.

We spoke to Michael, who works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, when he came to the Hospice to hand over a cheque for the sum of £962.50.

He told us why he chose to run for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice – something he described as a “humbling” experience – and how he motivated himself to train so hard.

Michael said: “My wife’s friend’s mum passed away at the Hospice in June. I heard about the excellent care she’d received.

“I’ve raised money for CHAS in the past but this is the most I’ve ever raised. There were people who don’t know me who donated through JustGiving.

“I’ve made new friends through this and have been supported by my excellent work colleagues.

“The fundraising helped to motivate me for the training and on the race day itself. I was aiming for sub-1.50 so I was delighted with my time. I’m going to do it again next year.

“The best thing about the experience was making the most of the day and appreciating how good it was.

“When you see all of the other people running for charity, it’s humbling. It felt fantastic when I crossed the line – I was over the moon.”