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Kidderminster marathon woman raises more than £2,500
A KIDDERMINSTER woman has raised more than £2,500 after completing a gruelling London Marathon.
Anne-Marie Simms, 34, who works in the learner services department at Kidderminster College finished last Sunday’s race in four hours and thirty five minutes. So far, she has collected £2,575 for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.
Mrs Simms saw her husband and two sons several times during the event supporting her in the crowd, finding time to stop and hug them.
“This was a huge personal challenge for me and St Richard’s is such an excellent cause,” she said. “I had been training for the last 18 months for the marathon.
“I was spurred on by the sight of my husband Matthew and our two sons Daniel and Thomas at mile seven, mile thirteen and inspirationally at mile twenty-five near the Houses of Parliament when I really needed to be energised.
“It was the first time I had ever done anything like this. The support I have received has been overwhelming and very emotional, I am delighted to have raised money for such an important charity and I’m sure the funds raised will help make a difference.”
Mrs Simms ran alongside her brother Mark Attwood who was raising funds for Get Kids Going charity and had previously completed marathons around the world.
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice supports more than 2,200 patients and family members in Worcestershire.
There is still time to support Mrs Simms and make a donation to St Richard’s Hospice at justgiving.com/Anne-Marie-Simms.
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