Motivated mum from Denmead takes on marathon mission for good cause
A MOTIVATED mum from Denmead is preparing to run her first marathon to raise money for Rowans Hospice.
Natalie March is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity who cared for her mother-in-law Lesley March before she died in 2018.
The mum-of-two is currently running four times a week to train for the marathon, which she will run on May 29, while running her own private physiotherapy business, Physio-logical.
Natalie praised Rowans Hospice, which provides care and support to adults who have a life-limiting illness and their families from its Purbrook base, for the support it gave her family.
The 39-year-old said: ‘You couldn’t have asked for more. Obviously, it was an awful situation as she was only 60 when she passed away.
‘I’m sure loads of people have been touched by the amazing service they provide and the support for patients and personally, the care for Lesley was second to none.’
Natalie also expressed how incredible her husband, Lee March, has been whilst she trains, even at 6am.
She said: ‘My husband is brilliant. He sorts the kids out in the morning so I can get in (after a run), shower, have my breakfast and then I’ll take them to school and go to work, so he has been really good.
‘It saves me dealing with the stress in the morning.’
Natalie is also inspiring her children, Henry, seven and Phoebe, four, to keep active by involving them on running or cycling trips.
She said: ‘My son did say to me “what can I do, mum, to help?” He was trying to think of ideas for fundraising, bless him.’
Natalie is no stranger to charitable work; she regularly goes litter picking around Denmead with her family and she recently raised more than £950 for War Child UK by running and cycling 136 miles in January.
Through her Physio-logical Facebook page, she also aims to motivate the community with ‘Challenge 30’, which focuses on a different fitness and wellness challenge each month.
In addition, Natalie and her husband are planning to raise more money for Rowans Hospice by taking on the Three Peaks Challenge with friends later in the year.
Natalie’s dad, Peter Stephenson, said: ‘Natalie certainly has stepped up to the mark with what she’s doing recently. She always manages to help out in difficult situations.’
To make a donation go to justgiving.com/fundraising/nataliemarchphysio-logical