"I loved the Oslo marathon! The hills were a challenge and my stash of jelly beans gave me the energy boost I needed. Thanks to everyone who donated to support the valuable work of Francis House. "
On 21st September, Stockport-based Hallidays Director, Nichola Coles completed her first marathon in Oslo, Norway raising over £500 for Francis House Children’s Hospice, with donations continuing to roll in.
Keen runner, Nichola has previously completed shorter events, including the local ‘10km Big Stockport Run’ and the North Wales half marathon, and decided to raise the bar challenging herself to run a marathon. Her gruelling training included 60 hours of training, running a total of 350 miles. She even kept up her training on holiday, waking early to run laps of the running track on a cruise ship and forsaking the delights of the all-inclusive food and drink!
Director Nichola, chose to compete in the city of Oslo to best fit with her busy work schedule.
“It was a fantastic day, I loved it! The hills were the biggest challenge and my stash of jelly beans gave me a much-needed energy boost. It felt amazing crossing the finishing line and I can’t wait to do it again! Thanks to everyone who supported me and made a donation to support the valuable work of Francis House.”
Managing Director, Nigel Bennett said:
“Huge respect and congratulations to Nichola completing her first marathon. At Hallidays, we like to challenge our team to step outside their comfort zones and Nichola has well and truly done that!”
Francis House Children’s Hospice, based in Didsbury, provides respite and end of life care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. They also give vital support to parents and siblings. It costs around £4.7 million per year (approximately £11,000 per day) to operate Francis House and almost 90% of their income comes from donations. The Hallidays team are proudly supporting them over the next two years to help families to continue to receive the support they need.
Hallidays team have now given around 140 hours of their time raising a total of £1,145 for Francis House. Previously their team members Lizzi Rutter and Chelsea Peacock, both from Stockport, raised £600 by completing the Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride in July.
If you’d like to make a donation to Francis House, please visit Hallidays JustGiving page