A Biggleswade woman will run the London Marathon this Sunday to raise money in memory of her best friend who she lost to cancer last year.
Hayley Reynolds will run to try and raise money for St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger who looked after her best friend Kirsty Buttigieg during her final weeks.
The care Kirsty received at the hospice was incredible and the staff there were considerate, helpful and were there for Kirsty and her family throughout the final few weeks of her illness.Hayley Reynolds
She has already raised nearly £7,000 for them through various events but the marathon will be her toughest task to date.
Hayley said: “I feel a mixture of emotions about running the London Marathon. I am nervous, emotional but extremely excited as it’s something I have always wanted to do.
“I just want to do it now I have put in a lot of training and feel as ready as I’ll ever be.
“The care Kirsty received at the hospice was incredible and the staff there were considerate, helpful and were there for Kirsty and her family throughout the final few weeks of her illness.
“The way Kirsty dealt with her cancer gave me such a sense of admiration, and taught me to be strong and positive.
“She was a fighter to the very end and made me proud to be able to call her my best friend. She was like a sister to me.”
Hayley will run the marathon with Kirsty’s husband James Buttigieg and the two of them have been training hard for the course since just after Christmas.
She has previously run a number of half marathons but this will be her first attempt at a 26 mile course.
She added: “The toughest part has to be the training, once you get up to 18 miles, it’s been difficult at times juggling family life and work but the best is yet to come on Sunday.
“We have raised an incredible £6,800 so far and we couldn’t have done it without Maxwells Hair and Beauty Salon, where I work.
“We have had cake sales, mufti days, tip donation days, a head shave and a charity disco and we are having a marathon day in the salon tomorrow.
“I certainly couldn’t have done it without the support of our family, friends and our Maxwells clients and my amazing team, I want to say huge thank you to all of them.”
You can donate to Hayley’s cause by visiting http://tinyurl.com/HayleysLondonMarathon
The London Marathon takes place this Sunday and can be seen across the BBC from 8:30am where hundreds of runners will take on the challenging course from competitive athletes to those raising money for good causes like Hayley.