A hospice nurse is set to swap St Catherine’s for the Champs Elysees when she takes on the Paris Marathon to raise vital funds.
Marie Farrier, a senior staff nurse in the day therapy unit, will be pounding the pavements around the French capital on Sunday April 8th.
Although she’s completed a London to Paris bike ride in the past, it will be the first time she’s gone the distance in a marathon run – but decided now was the time to do it because the past 12 months have been such a milestone year for her.
She explained: “I celebrated my 50th birthday last August and my husband Martin and I will celebrated our silver wedding anniversary last May.
“Having joined St Catherine’s in 1993, when I worked on the in-patient unit, this year also marks a quarter of a century of working at the hospice.
“I wanted to do something to raise money for the charity because of all the inspirational people I meet there every day.”
Marie said training is going well, running two to three times each week covering a distance of 16 to 18 miles.
She added: “I am feeling a bit nervous about the challenge of my first marathon, but also very excited!
“My family will be there cheering me on and my son Sam actually turns 18 during the trip, so there will extra reason to celebrate once I’ve crossed the finish line!”