Runner’s tribute to grandad

Steven Watson
Steven Watson
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A runner has completed a half marathon in memory of his grandad.

Steven Watson, 26, took part in his first ever half marathon by completing the Chester run in just over an hour and half on May 15 to raise £300 for Prescot based Willowbrook Hospice.

Steven's grandad Ken Hewitt

Steven's grandad Ken Hewitt

Steven, from Selmersdale, dedicated his run to his granddad, Ken Hewitt who volunteered in Willowbrook’s award winning gardens before passing away in January this year.

He said: “Although my granddad was not a patient at Willowbrook, it was a charity very close to his heart. He even pre-arranged for friends and family to donate to the hospice at his funeral.

“When I signed up for the half marathon I decided that it would be fitting to try to raise money for Willowbrook in grandad’s memory.

“The weather was perfect on day of the race and I managed to knock 4 minutes of my personal best time. However, the best feeling was crossing the finishing line, not for my own achievement but knowing that I had completed what I’d set out to do in memory of my grandad.

“I know he’d be really proud that I’ve managed to raise money for Willowbrook and helped support the amazing work that the hospice does for local people with terminal illnesses.”

Nichola Saunders, head of fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “Every year it costs just under £4 million to run the hospice, including providing our day therapy and outpatient services.

“It’s thanks to people like Steven that we can continue to care and support people with life limiting illnesses in our local community.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Steven-Watson9.