Catherine (Cat) King, a clinical nurse specialist at Kingston Hospital, was due to run the London Marathon in April to raise money for two charities – Mind, in loving memory of her sister Emma, and Kingston Hospital Charity, to support staff wellbeing. With the London Marathon postponed, Cat and her husband, Ben, decided to run 13 miles each in their local area of Molesey, using their outside exercise hour and completing the marathon in their back garden, to support Kingston Hospital Charity.
Speaking about the challenge, Cat said:
“I know how valuable it is to have emotional support at work and having faced the unimaginable, I will be forever grateful to my managers and amazing colleagues for their help in keeping me well, at work and at home. I wanted to use this run to say a big thank you and to help support others at work. I know that Kingston Hospital is committed to the wellbeing of staff and we hope this money can help with future developments.”
Cat plans to run the rescheduled London Marathon on 4 October, to raise funds for Mind.