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Wirral mum's ten-run challenge for hospital charity
A WIRRAL mum is midway through a ten-run challenge for a charity helping the families of young hospital patients.
Rachel Keating from Meols has battled rain, wind and recently-diagnosed sciatica to raise cash for Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation for families of children being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital.
It began with the Liverpool 10k in May and included, most recently, the City of Salford 10k on Sunday.
The 31-year-old is following this with the 'double-whammy' of the Great North Run this Sunday and Southport Beach 10k on September 29.
The Wirral Half Marathon will follow in October, with Rachel’s tenth and final effort of the year planned for the Liverpool Santa Dash in early December 2013.
Rachel became aware of Ronald McDonald House after close friend Gabi Dwyer, from Hoylake stayed there for just over two months last year after her newborn son Dexter was born at 26 weeks – 14 weeks early.
Rachel said: "Gabi was desperate to be near Dexter while he was being looked after at Arrowe Park Hospital, so the offer of a room at the Ronald McDonald House, just a short distance away from the ward, came as a great relief.
"I visited Gabi several times while she was staying at the House and was amazed by the quality of the rooms and facilities, and the kindness and compassion of the staff – particularly as everything is provided for free.
"I had dabbled with running on and off over the last few years but resolved earlier this year to improve my fitness and, at the same time, raise some money for the Ronald McDonald House.
"I picked a few runs to attempt throughout the year, but before I knew it things had snowballed and I had ten runs on my list!”
Dividing her time between being a mother and a full-time job as HR manager at Blacon High School in Chester, Rachel has still found time to pound the pavements of Meols, running at least three times a week - whatever the weather.
She has already beaten her original fundraising target of £500 and donations are still coming in from friends, families and supporters.
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