Naomi House & Jacksplace launch new virtual running challenge, ‘Run 4 Respite’


Naomi Mitchell, Great Britain long distance runner

Naomi House & Jacksplace has launched Run 4 Respite, a brand new virtual running distance challenge, encouraging supporters to run 105 miles in the month of March, and raise £105. The event has been backed by renowned Great Britain long distance runner, Naomi Mitchell, and sponsored by building services engineers, the Royston Group.

Recognising the ever changing environment and current restrictions, Naomi House & Jacksplace has created this new challenge to help raise vital funds to help local families that need the charity’s support. Run 4 Respite, which has the slogan, ‘Make Your Miles Count’, challenges participants to run 105 miles in the month of March, and raise £105, which is enough to fund 5 hours’ worth of vital specialist care for the region’s life limited and life threatened children and young adults.

Respite care gives families the chance to regroup, to relax and to rebalance family life. Naomi House & Jacksplace offers 24 hour respite care for the whole family, through the good days, difficult days and last days. This care continues for as long as a family needs it.

GB long distance runner and friend to the charity, Naomi Mitchell, will be supporting the charity event by taking part and promoting it to her followers. She said:

‘I am getting involved with Run 4 Respite this March to help raise much needed funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace, as they continue to provide critical services, for free. It’s so important that all children and young people have access to support networks and the care they need, especially during this period, where so much of our lives are restricted.’

Charlotte Patrick, Events Fundraiser for Naomi House & Jacksplace, commented:

‘We are thrilled to launch this new, exciting and agile challenge, which can be completed during lockdown, on a treadmill or in a local park! We are hoping it will raise much needed funds, as well as awareness of what we do here at the hospices. We are extremely lucky to have the support of the Royston Group and Naomi Mitchell and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their involvement.’

The Royston Group are the official supporters for Run 4 Respite. Sam Cheesman, HR Manager at the Royston Group, said:

‘We’re excited to be forging a relationship with Naomi House & Jacksplace this March, having successfully supported the charity’s London Marathon and Virtual Santa Run in the last 12 months. We strongly believe in the valuable work that Naomi House & Jacksplace do, and recognise that Run 4 Respite is the ideal event for us, as we have a strong team of willing volunteers with big hearts to take up the challenge and hopefully exceed the set target.’

Run 4 Respite is free to join, with the commitment of fundraising £105 per participant. Once signed up, participants are added to ‘Team Naomi’, Naomi House & Jacksplace’s running group, and will receive all of the benefits of being a part of this group, including virtual assistance, training support and training plans from the charity’s partner, Nick Anderson, GB Coach and Founder of ‘Running with Us’.

To sign up to Run 4 Respite, visit: or for more information, contact Charlotte at Naomi House & Jacksplace by emailing: or calling: 01962 760060.

Naomi House & Jacksplace provides respite, emergency and end of life care to life limited and life threatened children, young adults and their families from across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

Naomi House nursing and medical staff provide individualised nursing care that helps to enhance short lives and allows more than 600 local families to make the most of their precious time with their children.

There are 11 children’s bedrooms and a number of family bedrooms at Naomi House. Additionally, the state of the art building includes spaces for music therapy, art and messy play, a multi-sensory room, a hydrotherapy pool and dedicated spaces for end of life care and post-bereavement support. Naomi House has an experienced family support team that offers practical, emotional and spiritual support for the whole family, throughout their child’s life and after death.

  Inevitably there are some sad times at Naomi House. On these occasions, Naomi House offers the Butterfly bedroom; a chilled room in which a child can be laid to rest in the immediate post-death period, and until such time as the family are ready to say their goodbyes. The charity’s teams helps with funeral arrangements and other such practicalities. Specialist bereavement counsellors, sibling support staff and the hospice Chaplain offer support to families for as long as they are needed.

Many of the children cared for at Naomi House are living longer thanks to advances in medical technology and care. This is why Naomi House opened Jacksplace, a hospice for teenagers and young people aged 16 and above. Jacksplace has six bedrooms equipped with specialist beds, hoists and state of the art en-suite bathrooms. Jacksplace offers the same range of care and support available at Naomi House, including family support, an activities team, end of life care and post bereavement support.

Jacksplace is the only hospice for young adults in the local regions, offering the care and support they need, but also giving them the independence they often crave. This is achieved through 24 hour nursing care alongside activities and social events both at the hospice and further afield. The hydrotherapy pool provides fun, relaxation and therapy, whilst Jacksplace day service offers opportunities to meet friends and enjoy themed social activities.

Naomi House & Jacksplace needs to raise £9.2 million each year in order to run a full service and deliver its plans. The charity receives less than 11% of its income from statutory sources, meaning that the vast majority of the charity’s income comes from the generous donations of individuals, groups and companies. It is this dedicated fundraising that allows the hospices to continue to offer its services to families free of charge.