We Can Do It awards: Mat and Pippa vow keep on running after little Alice’s tragic death

Personal Achievement winners Mat and Pippa Price, from Fareham. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Personal Achievement winners Mat and Pippa Price, from Fareham. Picture: Habibur Rahman

A COUPLE from Fareham who organised a marathon fundraising challenge to support a family friend say they will never stop running to help others.

Mat and Pippa Price, from Fareham, hoped to raise £3,500 to send their best friend, Kerry Hobbs, and her children to Disneyland, after Kerry’s young daughter Alice was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Mum Kerry Hobbs, her daughter Alice who sadly died on Sunday, and Mat Price'Picture: Keith Woodland

Mum Kerry Hobbs, her daughter Alice who sadly died on Sunday, and Mat Price'Picture: Keith Woodland

To do this, Mat ran 26 marathons in 26 weeks – then continued running long after that – and it was this dedication that earned the couple the Personal Achievement award at The News’ We Can Do It awards evening at South Parade Pier on Monday night.

The couple say that Alice sadly died last Sunday, but that the marathon challenge will continue to raise money for children with life-limiting problems.

Mat said: ‘I really didn’t think we would win the award – there were so many amazing people who had been nominated, so I was quite shocked when our names were read out.

‘Alice passed away last Sunday and we were absolutely devastated by that, but the money we have raised will also help to cover funeral costs which is nice.

‘Now we’re fundraising for terminally-ill children in general to help grant some of their last wishes – I’ve just done my 53rd marathon and also done 10 in 10 days, and we just want to keep on going.’