Daughter takes on marathon effort in memory of mum

Sarah Barker was joined by friends calling themselves Lizs Marathon Army.
Sarah Barker was joined by friends calling themselves Lizs Marathon Army.

A dedicated fundraiser has completed a marathon challenge in memory of her mum.

Sarah Barker completed the Manchester Marathon in memory of her mum Elizabeth who was cared for at Alice House Hospice.

Sarah Barker was joined by friends calling themselves Lizs Marathon Army.

Sarah Barker was joined by friends calling themselves Lizs Marathon Army.

Sarah was joined by friends calling themselves Liz’s Marathon Army, who completed the 26.2 mile course on April 2.

Sarah said: “Last year my mam asked me to run the Manchester Marathon to raise money for Alice House.

“I was quite fortunate that some amazing friends tagged along for the ride, John Barker, Daisy Rea, Kirsty Fisher, Justin Keegan, Ross Pygall and Graeme Lumsden.

“I can’t describe how hard it was and the pain that we all felt, but at the bottom of my heart I knew it didn’t come close to pain my mam endured.”

The group managed to raise over £8,500 through sponsorship and Sarah has thanked Peterlee Running Club along with all of those who have sponsored her and the Easington community.

She said: “The total will go a long way in helping other families have some quality time with their loved ones at the most difficult time in their lives.

“Along the way we’ve had some great help from Frank Intafitness and his lovely members as well as the members of Jupiter Gym.

“Alice House, you have were instrumental in giving my Mam her life back and I hope that our fundraising can demonstrate a small proportion of our thankfulness.”

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser said: “On behalf of everyone at the Hospice I would like to say a huge thank you to Liz’s Marathon Army for raising such an incredible amount.

“Sarah should be proud of herself in both her fundraising and completing the marathon and hope she is able to feel some comfort in the fact that she has helped other patients in her mother’s name.”