Busy mum goes ‘extra mile’ for Rainbows

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A busy Leicestershire mum has run 100 miles in her spare time to raise money to support youngsters with life-limiting conditions.

Susie Bennett (42) from Rothley decided to take up a challenge to run the distance during September, after finding out about the work of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Her decision was reinforced during a visit to the hospice at the charity’s recent Community Open Day, which she describes as ‘inspirational’. “It made me even more determined to complete the distance,” says the former county gymnast, now mother to Will (nine) and Emmy (five).

Mrs Bennet, who coaches part-time at the Loughborough and Long Eaton Acrobatics gymnastics clubs confesses to some occasional running – but says completing the 100 miles within 30 days was tough.

Going the distance through a series of road and cross country runs, she pounded the final mile on the treadmill at the Rainbows hospice gym to a round of applause from staff.

Originally the fundraising target was £250 – but the run has so far raised £595.

“I feel absolutely brilliant,” she said after completing the final mile. “Everyone has supported me, even my son, who donated £10 from his piggy bank!”

Andrew Ball, Rainbows Director of Supporter Relations, added: “Susie is an example of the enthusiasm typical of our supporters and donors who make it possible for us to offer the highest possible care for youngsters and their families when they need us most.”