THE memory of her mother will spur on Eleanor Dudman as she takes on the London Marathon next month.
Eleanor, who lives in Chichester, is set to run the London Marathon to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
The hospice cared for her mother, Fiona Fowler, who died in May 2012.
“Mum lived and worked in Fernhurst and Chichester, as a Macmillan nurse in midhurst and then as a counsellor,” said Eleanor.
“Mum was ill for a year before she died, and during the last months of her life she, and all her family, were supported and cared for by the staff at the hospice.
“Every person we met there, from the doctors and nurses, to the domestic staff and the lovely ladies who made the tea, were professional, friendly, caring and kind. Even in the darkest of times, they were able to give our family peace, and indeed hope.”
Eleanor said she was ‘grateful’ for the opportunity to raise money for the hospice. “I have seen how this amazing place really does change lives,” she said.
Eleanor has been busy training for the big day.
“I had never run further than the end of the road before this time last year, but wanting to raise money for St Wilfrid’s, I set myself the challenge of training for a marathon.
“I started off with my eldest daughter following me on her bike, as you can imagine she thought it very amusing, and to the amazement of pretty much everyone I know, I stuck with it. Now I am in the final weeks of my training, and with the help of my cousin Becca, who is going to run with me, I am determined to complete the London Marathon.
“I often think what mum would say if she could see me running, I hope she would be proud.”
Eleanor and her cousin are attempting to raise £5,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. They are only £500 short of their target.
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