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Marathon Heroes Greg and Eleanor

We have the perfect inspiration for you to lace up your trainers and take part in a sponsored marathon…over the bank holiday, Greg Paysden and Eleanor Pugh bravely took on marathons and raised a massive lump sum for Kidscan!

Greg raised a huge £1145.45 in the Belfast Marathon to celebrate his 40th Birthday, and Eleanor traveled all the way to Vancouver to take part in a marathon there – raising a fabulous £1500 for Kidscan! The hard work that both fundraisers dedicated to their training is truly inspiring; in this blog we’re going to take you through their journey to show you just how rewarding taking part in a marathon is.

Greg Paysden is a dentist from the local area of Salford, and decided to mark his turning of 40 years old by running the Belfast Marathon to make it worthwhile and a birthday to remember. Greg felt as though Kidscan is a charity which is close to his heart; having two children of his own, Greg says “I can’t imagine life without them” and feels as though Kidscan is a charity that supports children who are going through life threatening challenges. Training for marathons are never easy, tiring runs and late nights/early mornings can be difficult at times, but despite this Greg perused his ambitions and completed his marathon on Monday 7th May in an impressive 4hrs 42mins! Greg had a target to raise £1,000 but has exceeded this target by £145.45 – this reflects all of Greg’s hard work, time and effort! This shows just how vital your participation for our charity can be – and the donations don’t just stop there; Greg’s justgiving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greg-paysden1

Eleanor Pugh also turned 40 this year – and when asked by partner James what she would like for her birthday gift, she asked for an experience instead of something materialistic. Eleanor explains “I’ve always wanted to do a 3rd marathon and hence picked Vancouver as the place to do it”. As well as having the inspiration of wanting to celebrate her birthday in this way, Eleanor also recently gave birth to daughter Matilda – the experience of becoming a mother has fuelled Eleanor’s passion for our charity as she “cannot imagine the heartache of having a child with cancer”. Throughout Eleanor’s four months of training, she found it extra difficult at times – with the pressures of becoming a new mum and trying to achieve such a hard task it was often challenging for Eleanor; but just like Greg, Eleanor felt as though giving back to a charity that solely focuses on the wellbeing of children that are suffering from cancer is an important thing to do now that she had a child of her own. Eleanor also succeeded her target which was £1,200 and reached a massive £1,500! Well done Eleanor. Eleanor’s justgiving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/eleanorpughandmattiemoo

Greg and Eleanor have both exceeded their ambitions for their fundraising and have amazingly raised a massive amount of money for our charity. Marathons are never easy, but Greg and Eleanor have both definitely shown us that it can be done with hard work and determination! We are always encouraging everyone to get themselves involved with any fundraising events that are coming up – even if a marathon doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of half marathons and other runs to get yourself involved with. Kapow! Is a more family fun event, including fabulous inflatable obstacles to make the run a little more interesting. Details on how to get a place for the run are on our website here: https://kidscan.org.uk/event/kapow/ . You can also take part in the Great North Run to fundraise for Kidscan and we’ll support you all the way – details to apply for your place can be found here: https://kidscan.org.uk/event/great-north-run/

Overall, taking part in any fundraiser is a rewarding experience, but runs are an opportunity to train to achieve something, making the journey more rewarding and meaningful. Make sure you check our social media and website regularly for updates on any fundraisers approaching that you can get involved with!

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