A care worker from Golborne is taking on a two marathon challenge to raise funds to support a local charity.
Michelle Brown-Crowther, 48, ran the Berlin Marathon on September 29 and will now face the Chicago Marathon just two weeks later on October 13.
The senior care assistant at Shawcross Care Home on Bolton Road, Ashton, is running to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice which provides palliative and end of life care for local people with life-limiting illnesses.
Michelle is raising money to help improve local end-of-life care
The Hospice in your Care Home team from the hospice has been working with the care home where Michelle works since November 2017. They provide education and training based upon the most up-to-date research available and equip staff in 12 care homes across the borough with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide sensitive, timely and compassionate end of life care.
“I did the New York Marathon in 2017 but I’ve been injured for 13 months so I just began running again in January this year. It’s my ambition to complete all six of the Abbott World Major Marathons – New York, Berlin, London, Chicago, Tokyo and Boston.
“Whenever I do a run for charity I always pick a charity close to my heart. In the past I’ve raised funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind because my dad is blind and for the Alzheimer’s Society because most of our residents have dementia. I wanted to raise funds to support the hospice this time because of all the support the Hospice In Your Care Home team has given to us at Shawcross. I’m also quite close to a family whose relative was cared for by the hospice.
“The training from the team is great – there’s always something to take away and there is practical advice which, not only helps us with our job, but gives us confidence that we are doing it right. The residents benefit too because we are more knowledgeable but we still have back-up from the team if we do need advice.”
Michelle is aiming to raise £1,000 and to complete the marathons in under five hours.
To help with her fundraising efforts the team at Shawcross will holding fun days and raffles.
“I’m lucky to have a lot of support from friends and family but also from my work colleagues, especially my unit manager Roche Andreae and the home manager, Peter McCarten.”
Michelle ran her first marathon in Liverpool in 2014 for the Official Hillsborough Justice Campaign as she is a big Liverpool fan.
In 2018 supporters enabled the hospice to care for 1,187 people from across Wigan and Leigh with a life-limiting illness.
If you would like to sponsor Michelle you can do so online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-brown-crowther1.