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London Marathon 2014: Ilford woman running for hospice that cared for mum

Claire Mahoney is running the 2014 London Marathon in aid of Saint Francis Hospice. Claire Mahoney is running the 2014 London Marathon in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
12:00 PM

A woman is running her first London Marathon to raise money for the hospice that cared for her mother before she died.

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Claire Mahoney, of Ilford, has already raised more than £2,400 for Saint Francis Hospice.

She said: “I wanted to do something special in memory of my mum and to show my appreciation for the charity.”

Her mum Geraldine, from Gants Hill, attended the hospice’s day therapy unit and received care as an inpatient before she died of ovarian cancer in March 2011.

Legal secretary Claire, 23, said it was “very difficult and upsetting” to see her condition deteriorate knowing nothing could be done but the hospice allowed her respect and comfort.

She added: “The medical team tried to alleviate any pain and they listened to my mum and what she wanted, which was reassuring as it was important to be able to feel as though we were doing the very best for her.”

Claire has been training three times a week and finished the Brentwood Half Marathon in two hours and 16 minutes last month.

She said: “Training has been tough at times, but there’s nothing more motivating than knowing it’s for such a brilliant cause.

“The marathon is going to be an emotional day for me, but I’m also excited about it.”

Sponsor Claire at www.justgiving.com/Claire-Mahoney1.

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