A nurse is to put her heart and soul into her first marathon.
Sarah Lane, a sister on the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, will be pounding the streets on Sunday in the Virgin Money London Marathon.
The 33-year-old, from North Shields, will be raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust which supports families with children undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Sarah, who has worked at the hospital for ten years, decided to take on the iconic course after witnessing first-hand the difference the charity’s work makes to families with children on the heart unit.
The Sick Children’s Trust runs ten Homes from Homeacross the country, including Scott House at Freeman Hospital, which provide vital emotional and practical support to families with sick children.
Sarah said: “We see lots of children and families from all over the country coming to Freeman Hospital for the specialist treatment it offers.
“Scott House has made a remarkable difference to our families on the Unit.
Many are completely uprooted when their child is sick, and Scott House means that they can be there for their child, while regaining a sense of normality in a Home from Home.”
“Our families and children are our world. Knowing that there is such a good team over at Scott House makes a huge difference to us.
“Andrew, the House Manager, really cares and will do all he can to help.
“Scott House has simply just been excellent; above all else, it keeps families together – mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents. I can’t stress enough the importance of Scott House.”
Sarah, who is currently running 30 miles a week in preparation for the race, hopes her fundraising will help more families who may need a room in Scott House.
House Manager, Andrew Leadbitter, said: “We have a great relationship with the team over on the Children’s Heart Unit and we all want to help each and every family with a sick child stay together.
“It means a great deal that Sarah has chosen to run the London Marathon for us – she is very much a super supporter.”
To read Sarah’s full story and support her fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/sarah-l-lane