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Great North Run in the garden for children’s hospice fundraiser

This September a local fundraiser will be completing the Great North Run in their garden to help the care, support and activities provided at Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

On Saturday 12 September, Megan McCulloch will be taking to the treadmill in her garden and completing the 13.1 mile challenge in aid of the local charity. The half marathon challenge will be special for Megan as she raises money for Jigsaw, a charity who provide care and support for her cousin.

Megan, 32 from Auldgirth near Dumfries, explains, “I am supporting Jigsaw as it is used by a member of my family. My cousin Dylan, who is 18 years old. Dylan has complex needs and Jigsaw have been amazing at helping and providing care. I work as an Advance Nurse Practitioner at the Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary and I have huge admiration for the staff working at Jigsaw and Eden Valley Hospice.

“I was supposed to be running the Great North Run for Jigsaw this year, but due to Covid-19 it has been cancelled. Even though I am not doing the race I thought what better way than still doing it at home in the garden. My husband is already the designated photographer and video maker to show people supporting me how it’s going on the day.

“I am looking forward to achieving my goal and raising as much as I can for Jigsaw. I have never ran a half marathon so I am slightly worried about this. I will get it done with everyone’s ongoing support.”

The kindness and generosity of Megan’s family and friends has already seen her exceed her initial fundraising target of £500 with almost £1,000 raised to date. The money raised by Megan will help Jigsaw to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. If you would like to sponsor Megan as she completes the treadmill half marathon challenge please click here.

Megan continued, “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and family and thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Jigsaw is an amazing charity that help so many.”

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Jigsaw are here for the local community. The children’s hospice is doing all it can during these times to continue to provide care to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines.

Jigsaw is continuing to provide care and compassion to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. The children’s hospice is there for the local community and still supporting the NHS.