Emma King-Jones is running the Bath Half Marathon for ‘Team Dotty’ as Dorothy House cared for her wife, Claire, who sadly died in 2016 after a short battle with cancer at the age of 32.
Emma who lives in Bath is running the half marathon this year with Claire’s sister, Charlotte Jones, aged 24 and Claire’s brother, Daniel Ball-Jones, aged 27.
Running was never Emma’s passion, in fact, it was only when she met Claire while teaching in London that she first laced up a pair of trainers and trained for a 10K run. “In the past. I always made excuses for not running because I am asthmatic, but Claire encouraged me to give it a go.” she says. “When I first started running with her. I was such a whinger, whereas she was always fit and happy. But I soon began to love it and now I find it a great way to de-stress. After running a few 10Ks, Claire encouraged me to train for the Bath Half: she had run it before and told me it was the best course because it’s flat and the support is amazing and she was not wrong.”
Emma and Claire originally signed up to the 2016 Bath Half together, but unfortunately Claire became too ill to run. Emma intends to do it again on both their behalfs this year, and hopes to raise as much as she can for the Hospice that cared for Claire so well.
“People think of a Hospice as somewhere for old people to go to die and originally we did not want to go there.” says Emma. “Claire wanted to remain at home, but in the end to manage her pain, we decided it was best to be at the hospice. The staff at Dorothy House were amazing; not only did they care for Claire but they also looked after me and our families when they visited. They even let our puppy visit Claire in the Hospice which was a big comfort to us both.”
What is different about Hospice staff is they fully understand that they can’t patch you up and make you better, so they are entirely focused on looking after you. They seem to instinctively know what to do and when to do it. They are compassionate and kind and will do even the smallest thing if it makes your life easier. “The Hospice is a charity and relies on donations and fundraising to be able to continue its work.” she continues. “It is such an amazing place: we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for Claire and our family.”
Emma is a busy-bee at the moment as she is working as a trainer of secondary school teachers, renovating a house in Bath and planning to write a practical guide to living with a terminal diagnosis to pass on all the learnings she acquired while caring for Claire. Last year Emma raised £1,455 for the Dorothy House by running the Bath Half marathon and she continues to fundraise this year so please donate to her fund at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-king-jones