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Nottingham woman completes marathon majors

A Nottingham woman has completed some of the world’s most famous marathons for charity.

Mary McGowan most recently completed the Boston Marathon in the USA on 15 April, in aid of Hayward House – the palliative care centre at Nottingham City Hospital.

This completed the Abbott World Marathon Majors for Mary – a group of six of the largest and most famous marathons which includes Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo. Mary has also completed marathons in Paris, Florence, Edinburgh and the Great Wall of China.

Her list of sporting achievements includes half-marathons in Sierra Leone and the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham, in which she participates annually, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking the Three Peaks Challenge, skydiving, plus various obstacle runs such as Tough Mudder and Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest.

Mary, who is a Director of the Purico Group and Nottingham Care Village, raised more than £1,000 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity through her most recent accomplishment, completing the Boston Marathon. The money she raised will go to Hayward House, which provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Mary explained: “I have had a few friends who have been cared for and passed away at Hayward House. I really feel the work that is done there to assist families is just fantastic. It is not the morbid place that people may think but it is very uplifting and is a great support to families at a very difficult time in their lives.”

Donations to Nottingham Hospitals Charity help to provide extra services at Hayward House, such as complementary therapy to help ease patients’ symptoms, art therapy to provide a focus aside from their illness, and counselling for both patients and their families at what can be an extremely difficult time.

Henry Amor, Community Fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We want to congratulate Mary on this amazing achievement and for all her hard work training and fundraising for Hayward House. I don’t believe I’ve met anyone who has completed as many marathons and other sporting events as Mary and I am in absolute awe of her dedication and determination. The money Mary has raised will make a huge difference to patients and families at Hayward House.”

For more information about Nottingham Hospitals Charity, to sign up for a fundraising event or to make a donation, please go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk.

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