A Yorkshire grandmother is planning to tackle two marathons at the opposite ends of the world to raise money for the hospital that saved her grandson’s life.
Pamela Cockerill, 71, who took up running just four years ago, is to take on Sunday’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and three weeks later on October 29 plans to be on the start line of the Auckland Marathon in New Zealand.
She will be raising money for the Starship Foundation. The Starship Hospital in Auckland has cared for Pamela’s eight-month-old grandson, Ted, who was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome and has spent more than half of his short life in hospital.
He will need to have both kidneys removed during the next two years and then receive a replacement kidney from his mum, Sally, who is Pamela’s daughter.
Pamela, who has 13 grandchildren and whose family farm close to the Yorkshire Marathon route, last month completed the Great North Run as preparation for her epic double marathon.
She said: “I’m feeling as confident as I can be, considering my age and the fact that I only started running four years ago.”
Pamela will be cheered on at the Yorkshire Marathon by her son, Matthew, who is supporting the event as a volunteer marshal.