Date published: May 13, 2016

Nursing student raises over £2000 in memory of Olivia

Paediatric Nursing student Louise Carmody was inspired by the sad passing of two-year-old Olivia Dolan to run the London marathon in her memory, raising over £2,000 for a children’s hospice.

The 26-year-old from Wigan was one of 39,000 runners taking on the gruelling 26.1 mile trek, managing to cross the finish line in just under four and a half hours.

Louise’s legs did start to tire when she was 18 miles into the run, but the thought of Olivia motivated her to carry on through the pain.

Louise said: "The length of it only hit me the night before. I couldn't have physically done it without knowing it was for a good cause. I got to the 18th mile and my legs were really aching and struggling but I just thought of Olivia and that got me through."

Louise met Olivia while working at a nursery when she was sadly diagnosed with a rare brain disease called Sandhoff disease in 2011, before sadly passing away in 2012. During this time, Louise witnessed first-hand the fantastic care provided to Olivia and her parents by her chosen charity, Claire House.

She added: “Olivia’s the reason why I’m training to be a children’s nurse. While she was ill, she was kept at nursery and during this time I got a lot of training from the nurses who came in to look after her, but she sadly died at two and a half.”

The third-year student has raised money for the charity before by completing the Wigan 10K and has already applied to run the marathon for Claire House again next year.

Louise set a target of raising £3,000 within 12 months and has planned a number of fundraising activities, in addition to her marathon run, to help her raise the rest of the cash. If you’d like to make a donation please visit her justgiving page here.

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