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'Celestial intervention' leads to NY flights win

A tale of two sisters ties our New York flights winner to the generous benefactor.

Kate Atkinson landed the top prize for being the highest fundraiser at our annual Santa Dash, in Swinley Forest, Bracknell, and picked up two BA flights to New York, USA, donated by Carole Farr from BA Clubs Ltd.

Kate’s sister, Hatti, was just 24 when she died from a rare form of cancer at Thames Hospice. Carole Farr, from BA Clubs Ltd, donated the flights after experiencing the care Thames Hospice gave her sister - who was a patient at Thames Hospice at the very same time as Hatti.

Carole presented Kate with the incredible gift at our Windsor Hospice, and she told us: “It is ironic that both our sisters were at Thames Hospice at the same time. I am so pleased they have gone to such a lovely, deserving person and I hope she has a wonderful time. The work Thames Hospice does is so lovely and the staff are all so humble. I really cannot thank the Hospice enough for the love and support my family has received.”

Kate Atkinson, Thames Hospice supporter and lucky flights winner, said: “I am so grateful to BA Clubs Ltd for the prize - I couldn't believe it when I received the call. I have never won anything in my life, and have always wanted to go to New York!  

“I can only imagine that there has been some celestial intervention by my sister, Hatti. Firstly, for making me do a 5K run (jog) and, secondly, by guiding me to hound my friends and family for their financial support. I would also like to thank the gang who ran in her memory on that cold Sunday.

“Hatti would be so pleased that money is being raised for Thames Hospice. She was overwhelmed by how caring the team were to her and our family in those very difficult last few weeks. We will be forever grateful.”

The 2015 Santa Dash raised more than £25,000 for Thames Hospice and our next fundraiser is The Sunflower Walk