Louise’s marathon fundraising bid for children’s hospice

Louise Stewart (centre) with Kristina Ormond and Ian Young

Louise Stewart (centre) with Kristina Ormond and Ian Young

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A Higham Ferrers woman is putting on her running shoes in a bid to raise money for a children’s hospice, in memory of a toddler who died of a rare brain disease.

Louise Stewart is stepping up her training and holding a number of fundraising events, as she prepares to run in the London Marathon.

Mrs Stewart decided to raise cash for Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice, in Oxford, after the hospice cared for her friend’s niece, before she died there.

Mrs Stewart said: “I decided to put myself forward for the marathon but I wasn’t sure what charity to run for.

“I was looking through a list of charities recently and I couldn’t believe it when I saw Helen and Douglas House hospice.

“I remembered them looking after Poppy, so I decided to run for them.”

Poppy Thomson, of East Hunsbury, Northampton, died when she was only three years old after suffering from a rare disease of the brain.

She was the niece of Mrs Stewart’s close friend Lauren Lilley and Mrs Stewart said the work that the hospice does is inspiring.

The communications executive, of High Street, Higham Ferrers, is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity.

She will hold a number of fundraising events, after the success of a cuppa ‘n’ cake morning on Saturday, which raised £170.

To make a donation to her marathon fundraiser visit the website my.helenanddouglas.org.uk/personalPage.aspx?Referrer=direct%2fnone&registrationID=409116.