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A Marathon Effort

Kelly and Suzanne ran the 2018 London Marathon in aid of The Nightingale.

They said, “A very dear friend of ours passed away in February 2012 from cancer and The Nightingale did an amazing job of looking after him and supporting his family.

Paul should have turned 40 in July of this year but sadly we celebrated this milestone without him.  We ran the London Marathon to raise money for this fantastic charity.  It is also our way of remembering Paul and celebrating his life.

Running does not come naturally to either of us (Kelly was the girl who threw up on the school cross country!!) so this was a HUGE challenge.  Marathon training started just before Christmas 2017.  It was harder than we imagined and certainly took a lot of juggling family life to fit in all the training runs.  We were out pounding the pavements in the cold, wet mornings but it was all worth it in the end.

Training and taking part in the marathon was just one element of the event.  The second was fundraising.  Initially we were a little worried that we might not achieve our fundraising target but thanks to our family, friends and colleagues we exceeded it.

Giving something back and doing something for others gives you a fantastic feeling and we would encourage everyone to organise at least one fundraising event.”

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