London calling for supermum Holly

Supermum Holly Shivas is running the London Marathon on 28 April with two big targets in mind. One is to raise as much funding as possible for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in memory of her granny and grandpa – and she is already close to doubling her target total of £500. The other goal is one she shares with everyone who is taking part – crossing the finish line after months of gruelling training.

Holly with customised running vest

Clocking up so many miles is all the more amazing given Holly, 31, has two small children, the youngest of whom is aged just one. We asked Holly, from Stewarton in Ayrshire, how her training has gone and why she chose to raise funds for the Hospice.

Holly said:

“Prior to this, the furthest I had run was a 10k, which was 10 years ago. So it’s been very tough to get back into it. I started training just after Christmas and have found it difficult due to having two daughters, ages three and one.

“I have loved the training with the exception of the time I have had to spend away from my children and am really excited to take part in the marathon now. I choose the London marathon because I love a challenge and I couldn’t think of anything more challenging to myself than running that distance.

“I had signed up to do the marathon last year and deferred my place due to being pregnant. I didn’t have any charity in mind until I made the decision to give something back to the Hospice after seeing their great work.

“I saw the amazing work the Hospice carried out when both my grandparents were there. My granny loved the care so much she stayed over a year! My grandpa got to share a room with my granny when he took unwell and, due to the amazing service offered at the Hospice, they were together again in my papa’s last days.

“The staff were so friendly and the care provided to my grandparents was just amazing to see. I’m excited to see how much I can raise now. I started off with a nice target of £500 which I have already exceeded and I am confident I can raise more.”

You can donate to Holly’s appeal on her JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/holly-shivas