‘Mum carries me over the last few miles’

Marathon runner Donna Bethell
Marathon runner Donna Bethell

A woman from Byfield who lost four members of her family to cancer will mark ten years since her mother’s death when she runs the London marathon in April.

Donna Bethell, 39, hopes to raise more than £2,000 by running the marathon for Help the Hospices after the care her mother received during her two-year battle with Ovarian cancer.

Marathon runner Donna Bethell

Marathon runner Donna Bethell

Mrs Bethell said: “I am running in memory of my mum, Yvonne Nichol. She was cared for by the Katherine House Hospice (KHH) in Adderbury before she lost her battle with cancer in 2003 at the young age of 52. The hospice also supported my mother in-law, grandad, grandma and best friend’s mum who have all lost their lives to cancer.”

As a way of giving something back to the hospices Mrs Bethell will run her second London marathon, the firstof which raised £4,000.

She said: “I firmly believe that my mum is watching over me and carries me over those last few miles that hurt so much.

“It is quite difficult to put into words why I am running but the hospice gave my mum the dignified end to her life she so rightly deserved while continuing to support my whole family.

“It makes all the blood sweat and tears very worthwhile indeed. I really feel that I am giving something back.”

Mrs Bethell was able to stay with her mum towards the end of her life thanks to the hospice and was given emotional support from the staff.

She said: “The care my family received was nothing short of amazing – nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were there for us all.

“They gave me a spark of light during such dark times in my life and I hope to be able to help in some way to provide for others.”

To donate to Mrs Bethell visit www.justgiving.com/donna-bethell or text 70070 with the code BETH71 and the amount you wish to donate.