Family runs Manchester Half Marathon together in memory of beloved husband and father
A family has raised an incredible £3,170 after running the Manchester Half Marathon together in memory of a beloved husband and father.
Fiona Rowlands was joined by her sons, Oliver and Joshua, and friends and family to take on the charity challenge in honour of her husband Roger, who died in St Catherine’s Hospice last year following a short illness.
She says: “Roger was a psychological therapist, who was highly respected within his field. He spent his life caring for others and would do anything to help his friends and patients alike.
“The care he received at St Catherine’s was outstanding – everyone from the receptionists, catering staff to the nurses and doctors all showed such care and compassion and we wanted to do something to the thank them.
“I’m not really a runner, but my friend Lizi is a keen runner and she suggested we do the Manchester Half Marathon; seven of us took part, and it was a really good day with a fantastic atmosphere.”
Hayley Jackson, community engagement officer at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “What a wonderful achievement for Fiona and her sons and everyone who joined her in taking on the run. They’ve raised an amazing amount of funds for our charity, which will help us to be there for local families like theirs who are going through a difficult time, facing life-shortening illnesses like cancer, now and in the future.
“I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for their fantastic efforts and support of St Catherine’s.”
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