Retired Clitheroe nurse runs lockdown marathon in her garden to support Marie Curie

Mother-of-six Yvonne Carter has taken on a marathon challenge.
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For the 65-year-old retired NHS Ward Sister is completing the 2.6 challenge by donning her trainers and running 754 laps around her lawn (seven laps is 400 metres). Running 26.2miles in her garden is no mean feat for Yvonne, who is a member of the Ribble Valley Marie Curie Fundraising Group. She hasn't ran long distances since the age of 20!

She explained: "I was a member of a local running club in my early twenties, but I haven't ran since."

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Yvonne, who has 11 grandchildren and is married to retired Clitheroe GP, Dr Alasdair Carter, is passionate about raising money for Marie Curie - a charity providing care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. She knows how important end-of-life care is having been a ward sister at Royal Blackburn Hospital for many years - retiring only 15 months ago. Most of her family members are currently working on the frontline of the NHS including her two sons who are doctors and two daughters who are nurses.

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She is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity. She said: "Marie Curie are continuing to provide nursing care at home alongside their Hospices to support people with a terminal illness and support for their families. This important service continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The majority of the funding comes through charity events and donations which have been severely impacted at the moment. We cannot hold our annual street collections this year and therefore we having to find alternative ways to fundraise during lockdown."

She added: "I have already completed over 20 miles and I hope to finish by the end of this week."

Anyone wishing to support Yvonne with her fundraising should click here