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Hospice care inspires man to take on Manchester Marathon

When Rowan Townshend takes on the Manchester Marathon on 8th April, he will be raising awareness and funds for hospice care near and far! 
Rowan with Casper (cropped)
And his proud mum Briony, who is a Social Worker with our Family Support team, will be cheering him on from the sidelines with all the family!    

Rowan will be sharing the money he raises between our hospice after being inspired by the difference his mum makes to people at the most difficult time in their lives, and Blythe House Hospice in Derbyshire as it helped his fiance's mum when she was diagnosed with cancer.    
Rowan on the run 2
"I really wanted to help Saint Francis Hospice as I know my Mum really enjoys working there," said Rowan.    

"She's an amazing person, helping people through such hard times.     

"I know she's had such a positive impact on so many peoples' lives and I know the donations would be going to a good place."       

Rowan is in training for the challenge with his friend Ben and they are often joined on runs by his dog Casper.    

And now he has overcome a knee injury and is back on track, he's counting down to the race day!    

"It will be the first ever race I've partaken in, so to finish will be an achievement," he added.    
"We are hoping to sneak in under 4 hours, hopefully around the 3 hours 50 mark!"



Rowan successfully completed the Manchester Marathon in 3.58 hours. And from the smile on his face, he enjoyed the experience!

Rowan on the run 2

Rowan on the run 2

Rowan on the run 2

Thank you Rowan for your incredible efforts which have raised £400 for our hospice! You're a superstar!

To sponsor Rowan visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId=912748