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Grandmother determined to complete military style charity challenge
10:10am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A GRANDMOTHER is to run 10 miles over rough terrain carrying a rucksack weighing 35lb for a military-style endurance challenge.
Janet Lycett, aged 51, wants to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice by completing the Para 10 at the Catterick garrison in Yorkshire on September 8.
She also volunteers at the hospice and chose it due to the support her family received when her mother, Marjorie Hodson, was diagnosed with terminal cancer aged 67.
Janet, of Wenlock Road, Pennington, said: “There are a few of us doing it but I am the only one stupid enough to do it with weights. I wasn’t going to fundraise but someone gave me some money so I decided to give it to a local charity.
“I’ve already done the Colchester and Aldershot Para 10s this year, and if you complete all three then you get a special T-shirt as well as the normal one. So I am doing all of this for a T-shirt!”
As a ward volunteer at the hospice, Janet, who has two children and two grandchildren, covers shifts, makes everyone a cup of tea and serves the meals on occasion.
She said: “My mother died eight years ago of bowel cancer and I just decided it would be nice to give something back.
“We always felt so welcome at the hospice and we would just sit down and they would bring us tea and sandwiches.
“I was so inspired by the support, compassion and care they provided not only for my mother but for our whole family that I decided I would like to support them in any way possible.”
The rucksack is filled and then padded to make it comfortable, but is weighed before and after the race to make sure no one lightens their load on the way round.
To sponsor Janet, visit justgiving.com/Janet-Lycett1.
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