Runner to take on challenge in memory of her mum

Jeanette McGuire with mum Gwen
Jeanette McGuire with mum Gwen
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A KEEN runner is all set to take on a half marathon in memory of her mum.

Jeanette McGuire will join 55,000 runners on the start line of the Great North Run on Sunday to help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice after they cared for her terminally ill mum, Gwen.

Haydock-born Jeanette’s mum died aged 76 after spending seven weeks at the hospice in 2013.

Jeanette, 46, said: “My mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2013 and spent the last seven weeks of her life at Willowbrook.

“The staff at the hospice were amazing and did everything - above and beyond - to make my mum feel comfortable and safe. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

“I don’t know what me and my family would have done without them.”

Jeanette has already competed in two Liverpool half marathons but jumped at the chance to take part in the Great North Run to thank the Prescot hospice.

She said: “I have wanted to do the Great North Run for years so I was thrilled when I got my place. I know my mum would have been proud that I’m doing my bit to support the hospice and help them to continue to care for other local people and their families.

“The things I’m most looking forward are the atmosphere, running over the Tyne Bridge and obviously crossing the finishing line.”

Nicky Saunders, Willowbrook’s fundraising manager said, “Since Willowbrook opened in 1997 we’ve cared for almost 8,000 people free of charge.

“Each year we need to raise over £4 million to maintain the level of care we provide at the hospice so it’s brilliant when people like Jeanette sign up to events like the Great North Run to help support us.”

If you would like to sponsor Jeanette as she takes part in the Great North Run, visit