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Celebrate Summer: Kirsty’s 100km running challenge

A woman is running 100km throughout August as part of our ‘Celebrate Summer’ campaign.

Kirsty Franklin, who is a novice runner, is taking on the 100km challenge to support the SWAN end-of-life care programme at Nottingham’s hospitals, where her grandmother received care.

Kirsty explained: “I decided to do the run for SWAN because when it was my Nana’s final days the hospital staff did so much for our family, such as the keepsakes they did with us, and setting up a bed in her room so we could take it in turns to sleep.”

Her Nana, Shirley Duke, passed away at the age of 73 in Hayward House on 21 March – just two days before lockdown began in the UK.

Kirsty said: “Even though there was the uncertainty of the coronavirus the hospital staff made sure that we were made to feel welcome. Being able to have that private room gave us all the private time we needed, especially as we are a large family.”

She is now taking on the running challenge as part of our ‘Celebrate Summer’ campaign, which is encouraging people across the region to support Nottingham’s hospitals by taking part in their own fundraising event such as running, cycling or organising a virtual event such as a virtual coffee morning.

Kirsty explained: “I’m not normally a runner, I just do it now and again, so it’s going to be tough! But it will be worth it to see the donations that are going towards Nottingham hospitals. My Nana fought hard in her last few days, so 100km is nothing compared to that and the work that the nurses do at the hospital.”

To sponsor Kirsty please click here

To sign up and receive a Celebrate Summer fundraising pack please click here