A WOMAN is in training to run the London Marathon in memory of her mother.
Helen Davies, aged 30, St Asaph, will be running the marathon to donate all money raised to St Kentigern’s Hospice where her mum, Ann Davies, was cared for while suffering from breast cancer 10 years ago.
Helen said: “She was the most inspiring woman I have ever met and showed such courage.
“She always looked forward to her times at the hospice and had such happy memories of the activity days.
“They helped her embrace her talents, especially her creativity and were very proud of the projects that she completed there – I am sure some people will remember.
“But most of all, they helped her rebuild her life, give her strength and live in hope for the future.
“No matter how awful she felt through her treatment she always had a smile on her face when she’d spent some time at St Kentigern’s. She described it as her second home and would always take her slippers.”
This will be Helen’s first London Marathon after six years of trying to get a place.
To train she has taken part in the Reading Half Marathon.
Helen added: “I have not run a marathon before but promised myself I would run one in memory of mum one day and raise as much as I can for St Kentigern’s.
“I joined a local running club in November to start running but the intense training schedule started in the New Year. I have been training four to five times a week out in all the elements that could have been thrown at me.”
Helen has always wanted to raise money for St Kentigern’s Hospice, based in St Asaph, as more than eighty per cent of it’s overall funding is dependent on public donations.
She said: “The hospice always has an open door, not only for patients but also for friends and family who are going through difficult journeys along side their loved ones.
The money I am raising will be going towards making sure St Kentigern’s hospice can continue their life changing work in the future for many more families who need it.
“Life is there for living and with the support of the hospice mum had the strength to never stop living.”
If you wish to donate in support of Helen and St Kentigern’s Hospice visit Helen’s just giving page: www.justgiving.com/HelenDavies84