Mark chose to support us with his fundraising as his late auntie Fiona Stepney was a patient here, and he’s also raising money for St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.
Tackling the Lakeland 50, billed as one of the greatest ultra running and walking challenges in Europe, would have been too much for Mark three years ago.
But losing four stone after joining a Slimming World club has made the detention officer ready for the ordeal, especially after completing a 38-mile ultra marathon last year.
Dad-of-two Mark, who is 50 on August 15, said: “I’ll just be glad to finish the course and it’s not physically possible to run all the way because of the rugged terrain, but hopefully it’ll take me 14-15 hours.
“I was a chubby lad until I got help from Louise Haskins at Slimming World and have been inspired to raise funds for two wonderful causes close to my heart. St Ann’s did an amazing job looking after my auntie and this is my way of thanking them and running in her memory.”
Fiona, a carer from Denton, spent her last month as an inpatient with us before she died of cancer in March aged just 59.
Police officers Dennis Nelson and Aaron Sayell, colleagues at Lancaster police station, will join Mark for the Lakeland 50 on Saturday, July 29.
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