West Leeds: Mum running to thank hospice

Nacressa Swan with her daughter Amaia.
Nacressa Swan with her daughter Amaia.
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A mum from Armley was today set to embark on a marathon fundraising effort to raise thousands of pounds for the West Yorkshire children’s hospice which is a lifeline for her family.

Nacressa Swan is to run 106 miles in four consecutive days – the equivalent of four marathons – in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The hospice is helping care for her severely disabled 19-month-old daughter Amaia, who suffers from an undiagnosed genetic neurological condition which will end her life in childhood.

Miss Swan, 33, and best friend Jude Lane, 34, will run the Dales Way from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere from today to Saturday and the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday.

Miss Swan, partner Duncan Borman, 39, and Amaia started staying at Martin House Children’s Hospice regularly around six months ago.

They can enjoy time at the hospice as a family while Amaia’s medical needs are met.

Miss Swan said: “The hospice is completely different to what I expected and can be like going on holiday. It’s not just there to support a family during a child’s last moments. Many families go for a long time for their support before getting to that stage. “The children who use it enjoy a whole range of great activities, including hydrotherapy, music and art whilst the parents get to meet other parents in similar situations and enjoy some chill out time.

“When we first started the fundraising I thought about setting a target of £1,000. So for people to have pledged more than £8,000 before we’ve even started running, has been overwhelming.”

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Miss Swan said training has been difficult, adding: “I’m not aiming for any record breaking time.”