On Sunday the 21 April 2013, more than 34,000 people ran the Virgin Money London Marathon. Some were pro-athletes, some were raising money for charity, all were fully committed to do the best they could. One of the people running the marathon was Carly Paget and, far from giving into the pain of those 26 miles, Carly decided to do it all again this year.
Carly is running the marathon for the charity chYps Children’s Hospice at Home, part of Kent charity EllenorLions Hospices. chYps provides vital end-of-life, respite and cancer care to seriously ill babies, children and young people in their own homes across West Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. By providing care in a child’s home, this enables the young patient to spend precious time with their family in a place of familiarity and comfort. This is a charity close to her heart after a very close family friend, Michael Constantinou, was diagnosed with a brain tumour which, four years after his diagnosis, turned out to be incurable. In his final days, chYps made it possible for Michael to be at home with his mother, father and sister and helped make the time more bearable.
Carly says that her training is going well. She admits that it can be a struggle in the cold weather, but the thought of Michael and chYps inspired her to keep going. She says “I know that every mile I run is helping to care for another child like [Michael]”.
To help Carly raise as much as possible for the sake of children like Michael, visit her Virgin Money Giving page.