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Hayley’s marathon effort in memory of loved ones
After saying no more marathons, Hospice fundraiser Hayley Morgan will pull on her running shoes and take on the London Marathon to raise funds for us.
Hayley will be tackling the iconic 26.2-mile route on Sunday, 23 April, and she will be doing so in memory of her wife’s much-loved Nan and Aunt.
Hayley said: “I said no more marathons. I’ve run two prior to this. I did the Virtual London Marathon in 2021 and then Manchester Marathon in 2022, both with my Mum.
“I then got tempted by the London Marathon in late 2022, vowing to myself that if I ran, it would be for charity.
“That’s when I contacted St Nicholas Hospice to be entered into their charity ballot.
“When I got the call to say I had been successful, I was both over the moon and scared. I know how much time marathon training takes up, but I also knew it was something I was desperate to be a part of.”
Hayley’s wife’s Nan Linda, was supported by St Nic’s in 2018, and her Aunt Louise Wallage was cared for in 2021.
Hayley said: “I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet my wife’s Nan, but we share stories of her regularly, and I know that my wife, Emma, loved her very much.
“In 2021, St Nicholas Hospice supported Emma’s Aunt, Louise, with her end-of-life care. This included supporting Louise’s husband, Paul and two children, Lauren and Daniel. When Louise passed away, it left a hole in the family. She was and still is so loved by everyone.
“As a person, I like to fix things and to take away the pain of the loss of Louise. Sadly, there was nothing I could do to fix this, which is why my focus was then turned to raising money and doing something that raised awareness of the amazing support St Nicholas Hospice give to people and their loved ones in such saddening circumstances.”
Hayley is determined to raise as much as she can and use her race to honour loved ones. Hayley has asked people to support her memory miles and donate money to each mile of the marathon for a loved one they have lost.
“I have both Linda and Louise being my miles 25 and 26, so when things are tough out there, I’m not running for myself. I’m putting one foot in front of the other for my family, for Linda and for Louise,” added Hayley.
You can support Hayley’s marathon efforts by clicking here.