Jess Banks and pal Rachel Burgess run half-marathon in memory of sister Harrie Banks from Stroud for Cotswold Care Hospice in Minchinhampton
JESS Banks made a promise to her sister that she would use her legs as much as she could.
Now the 27-year-old has just completed her first half-marathon and raised more than £1,600 for Cotswold Care Hospice in Minchinhampton.
She ran in memory of her sister Harrie Banks, pictured, who died after being diagnosed with spinal cancer last January aged 31. The musician, composer and actor was well known in Stroud.
"After her first operation in 2008 Harrie became paraplegic," said Jess.
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"Quite soon after she came out of hospital she said to my dad that we should use our legs as much as we can - dance, walk, run. So in honour of her, I dragged myself off the sofa and made myself run."
Jess, who works as a stage manager in London, took part in the half-marathon with her best friend Rachel Burgess.
"Harrie was an amazing person, through everything she was strong, loving and knew what she needed to do to be happy," said Jess.
"I loved her so much and miss her deeply.
"The run felt like a positive way to remember her."
Harrie and her family were supported by the hospice.
Jess said: "The hospice was brilliant during everything. Harrie would go there for counseling and art sessions.
"They provided essential counselling for my Mum, Dad, Harrie's amazing wife Karen and me."
She added: "Harrie was able to stay at home throughout her final months with great help from the Hospice at Home nurses. They would come for night shifts so we could catch up on sleep.
"The work they did was invaluable and made everything feel safer and that little bit easier in such a hard time.
"A Hospice at Home nurse was with us when my sister passed away. It was early in the morning and she came and woke us all so we could be there.
"The nurse was so kind and helpful and knew exactly what to do. She was such a support and we are so grateful she was there. The half-marathon was the least I could do to thank all at Cotswold Care for everything they do."