14 marathons in 14 days to raise money for St Mary's Hospice

A loving grandson carried out 14 marathons in 14 days for his courageous nana to mark the 14 days she spent being cared for by the amazing staff at St Mary’s Hospice.

As well as raising a huge £4,270 in her memory Adam Harrison, from Walney, also broke a World Record.

The 29-year-old turbine technician was working in Australia for eight months. He described how he comes from a close family and spoke to his mum and nan Diane regular;y while he was away.

He was left devastated when he was told his nana had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer so chemotherapy wasn’t an option.

Adam said: “Initially we had no idea how bad it was. 

“A week of testing revealed that she was terminally ill and was beyond any treatment. 

“At this point I flew straight home and was lucky enough to spend the last two week's of her life with her in St Mary's Hospice. 

“The hospice cared for her every need and went above and beyond wherever they could. For that I will be eternally grateful. 

“My nana was never down and often complimented the staff and their facility. She spent a total of 14 days in there before she passed. 

“I felt that I wanted to give back to the hospice in whatever way I could. 

“So I decided I would take on a ridiculous challenge, one that I knew I would suffer for but would be worthwhile.

"I decided to do a marathon for each of the days my nanna spent in their care. 

"I rowed and skiing 42,195m on the Concept 2 machines every day for 14 days straight to raise some money as a gesture of thanks to the hospice.   

“ I completed my 13th consecutive marathon and actually managed to break the World Record for fastest time to complete a marathon on a Concept 2 Ski Erg. This has now been clarified on the official concept 2 website and is all legit.

“I achieved this under heavy fatigue from the 12 previous marathons. I'd like to think that this represents true grit and determination rather than fitness.

“I had never even attempted a marathon before this challenge but I knew that my mind would not let me give in on such a worthy cause. 

“My nana suffered for 14 days with Stage 4 lung cancer and not one day did I see her down about it, so how can I complain about a few aches and pains? 

“It was to represent the 14 days she was cared for and my way of raising some money to say thank you. I have a list of people who I'd like to be thanked if possible as I could not have done it without them, 

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