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Local teenagers Callum Lynn and Joseph Ingram have pledged to run 100 miles over the 28 days of February, in memory of Callum’s much loved Nanna Celia.

The 18-year-old friends have teamed up to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice to the hospice for the support shown to Callum’s family in 2017, when Celia was a patient there.

Callum said:

“In 2017 my family was given the awful news that my Nanna Celia, only had a matter of weeks to live. That’s when we went to St Oswald’s for help. Without the support of the amazing staff at the hospice, my family and I would’ve struggled to cope. The medical and emotional support offered to not just my Nanna, but to my family too, was the best that I have ever experienced anywhere. They managed to make my Nanna comfortable until her very last breath and for that I will be forever grateful.

“This is what made me want to do a challenge to raise money for the hospice. I decided to run 100 miles in a month, alongside still working and studying, as it offered me a way to really test myself physically and mentally. I have to admit that I’m not the healthiest of people, and it’s for that reason that I’m probably finding the challenge as hard as I am. But that is how I want to feel, so I can be proud of what I have achieved for the hospice, in memory of my Nanna.”

Callum’s challenge is being supported by friends and family, but one person in particular has been there every step of the way; his good friend Joseph.

Callum explained:

“When I told my Joseph about my challenge, he wanted to join in and help raise even more money and he has been doing the miles with me every single day. Unfortunately, due to Covid we can’t physically be with each other while doing the challenge but we still find ways to stick together. I couldn’t have done it him, he’s really kept me going. My lovely Mam has also been doing some of the miles with me. I am extremely proud of her as it was only a couple of months ago that she had an operation, but she’s still got involved.

“I would just like to add a personal massive thank you to everybody at St Oswald‘s hospice for everything they’ve done for me, my family and my Nanna as well as for everybody else who uses the service. I would also like to encourage everyone to support the hospice in any way they can. It was actually when I thought about Captain Sir Tom Moore doing his fundraiser that I started to believe I could really make a difference. That’s why I would urge anybody, no matter what their age, to give it a go! All they need is a little bit of belief in themselves and the motivation to keep going.”

Callum and Joseph will continue their challenge throughout February and so far have raised over £400 through their Facebook Fundraising page. Amazing people like them, from across our community, do brilliant things so we can help people like Callum’s Nanna and others who need us. Thank you to everyone who supports us by taking on a challenge and to those who sponsor them. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

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