A super fit nurse has completed a two-pronged challenge which involved a 300 mile cycle ride closely followed by a marathon.
Melissa Day, 39, is a children’s palliative care nurse with Demelza Hospice Care for Children. To raise money for the charity she took part in the Demelza 101 Sittingbourne to Paris bike ride at the beginning of May and then ran the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of the month – raising a magnificent £1,800 to help provide vital services.
Demelza has a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne Kent and another in Eltham, South East London, as well as providing a hospice at home care service in East Sussex. Melissa, who lives in West Malling, works at the Eltham Hospice where she is part of the care team providing specialist care and emotional support for babies, children and young people with terminal conditions and their loved ones, so they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have.
Melissa said: “I did the two events because I love the charity I work for. I see the service we provide to families and how important it is to them.”
The 26 mile run was Melissa’s fourth marathon which she did in the amazing time of three hours and 57 minutes. Melissa only recently discovered a love for cycling.
As a charity, not part of the NHS, Demelza is almost entirely dependent on the generosity of its supporters to provide the funds that keep its vital services going.
If you are inspired by Melissa’s efforts then why not take on a charity challenge yourself? Find one to suit you at: https://www.demelza.org.uk/support-us/community-events