Mother to run first marathon in aid of Butterfly Hospice

Paula Macpherson will run her first marathon in aid of The Butterfly Hospice on Sunday
Paula Macpherson will run her first marathon in aid of The Butterfly Hospice on Sunday

A plucky mother-of-two is tackling her first full marathon on Sunday to raise money for The Butterfly Hospice.

Paula Macpherson will run the Chesterfield Marathon in memory of her mother Mandy Temple, of Friskney, who died of ovarian cancer two years ago.

“When my mum was in Pilgrim Hospital the hospice was not yet open, but we used to look out the window and see it, and think how beautiful the gardens looked and how lovely it would have been to be open at that time,” said Paula, 39.

“It was such a shame to see a building standing empty that would have been the perfect place for my mum to spend her last few days. Mum always supported the hospice through their charity shop, so I know it meant a lot to her.”

Paula, who now lives in Chesterfield, has been training hard for the marathon - having only ever attempted 5k and 10k runs before. She will be supported on the day by family from Friskney.

“I’ve been running along the canal here, but Chesterfield is much more hilly that Lincolnshire, so it will be a real challenge,” she said.

To sponsor Paula visit her online fundraising page.