Two of Care Plus Group’s nurses prepare for the United Kingdom’s largest marathon to support charity.
Two newcomers to running marathons, Georgina and Toni, will be taking on the nation’s largest marathon. On Sunday 2nd October at 9.30am, rather than having their morning brew, these nurses will be joining a crowd of around 50,000 runners to raise money for UK Hospice and Children with Cancer UK.
When asked about how she has prepared for the London Marathon, Georgina said:
“It has always been an ambition of mine to run a marathon, so when the opportunity arose for me to run the London Marathon this year, I knew I had to accept.
“I had started training with a friend who was running for Hospice UK in memory of her grandfather. I have trained well and feel positive that I will finish it. I have been having dreams that I will get injured or that I won’t finish!
“Training has really ramped up over the last 6 weeks as up until then I wasn’t doing it. It was a last-minute decision as a charity needed help and I felt compelled to help them.
“One evening my friend messaged me to say she had been informed by Hospice UK that they had received numerous cancellations and pull outs. They were desperate for people who would be willing to run for them to raise money for their charity.
“Ultimately, I would encourage people to donate if possible. Training and running a marathon is blumin’ hard work, mentally and physically! It’s the toughest thing I have put my body through – other than having a baby!
“Even so, I am really excited to be a part of such a wonderful experience, and I can’t wait to cross the finish line – all being well.
“Therefore, with only 6 weeks to go I accepted the challenge and pledged to run for Hospice UK and to raise a minimum of £2,000 for them. Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and end of life care. They work to ensure everyone affected by death, dying and bereavement gets the care and support they need, when they need it.
“Throughout my nursing career I have had the honour of working alongside many colleagues who utilise these valuable services for their patients, families and friends. Without these services individuals and their families would not get the care and support they need to allow people to have dignity at the end of their life.”
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When asked about how she has prepared for the London Marathon, Toni said:
“This is my first time running a marathon. I have run lots of 10Ks but never even done as much as a half marathon.
“I was sat during the pandemic watching the marathon last year. Two glasses of wine later, I had applied using my husband’s credit card!
“I will be running for children with cancer UK and with a very special girl in mind. Millie, our niece is 6 years old. She was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer,
Left Maxillary primitive myxoid mesenchymal tumour of infancy (PMMTI), when she was just a year old. Since diagnosis she was treated in Leeds children’s hospital, going through 3 cycles of chemotherapy and extensive facial surgery.
“Her mum & dad are the most amazing parents and have been to hell and back during this awful time. Despite this, they have raised the most beautiful, polite, funny, and confident little girl. Millie is the bravest and most inspirational little girl I have ever known. She brightens our lives and never fails to put a smile on the faces of everyone she meets! She is truly the most special and beautiful little girl, and I am proud and lucky to be in her life. She will be the reason I get to the end.
“I have been fundraising by doing raffles and name cards. The support from local businesses, family, friends, and colleagues has been absolutely amazing!
“I have been training hard, as I’m not a natural runner, to say it’s been hard is an understatement. Numerous injuries along the way have set me back, however I have completed my longest run yesterday, 21 miles!
“I’m very nervous for the day but feel excited at the same time. I’m hoping to just make the absolute best of my day there and try to enjoy every second of the amazing experience!
“I have my two children, my husband, my brother, my sister-in-law, and of course Millie; coming along to support me on the day.
“My main aim is to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to raise as much money as I can from donations for the amazing charity.”
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