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.