Barking woman completes marathon after fundraising for charity that helped her dying grandfather

PUBLISHED: 16:48 24 April 2018

Emma raised money for St Joseph's Hospice. Picture: Emma Penton

Emma raised money for St Joseph's Hospice. Picture: Emma Penton

Emma Penton

A runner from Barking has raised hundreds of pounds for a charity which cared for one of her family members.

Emma Penton raised £300 for Hackney-based charity St Joseph’s Hospice, who looked after her grandfather before he passed away.

He died in the hospice and the excellent care they gave him in his final days inspired Emma to fundraise for them.

The charity provide palliative care, emotional support, therapy and activities to the terminally ill.

She completed the marathon in seven hours and one minute after lots of intensive training in the run up to the race.

The seven time marathon runner said: “It was very tough, one of my hardest and the weather was exhausting, but I did it and have my medal. The finish time is irrelevant.

“It hasn’t put me off either, I will most definitely be applying for 2019.”

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