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Daniel Adams has so far completed this years' Paris Marathon and is in training for the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, all in a bid to raise funds for Katharine House. In this months' blog, he tells us about the care that his mum received while she was a patient at the hospice.

"Earlier this year, my wonderful, loving, caring Mum, aged just 62 passed away. She was taken too young - a Nanny to 3 young grandchildren, a lady who should have had many more happy years ahead of her. She was a victim of the indiscriminate, heart wrenching, destructive disease that is cancer.

My Mum was a full of life character who always smiled, but in her final weeks she deteriorated rapidly and needed support; the type of support that words can only begin to describe.

She was admitted to Katharine House Hospice. Mum had had a long history with cancer. She had fought it before and been given the all clear but this time it had stuck around. She had been fighting for many years and had visited the hospice before as a day patient. Here she found friends, enjoyment and expertise.

The care, knowledge, friendship and honesty provided by the staff enabled my Mum to spend her last days surrounded by those she loved with dignity and in peace. For the family, the honesty and thoughtfulness meant an unbelievable amount.

Without Katharine House Hospice I dread to think what would have happened to Mum. Whilst the destination may have been decided, Mum's journey there was as calm as we could have wished for. There were no bumps in the road, turbulence or unexpected problems and that is all thanks to Katharine House.

As they say, every penny counts and by training hard, I hope to complete both the Paris Marathon (April) and the Snowdon Marathon (July) in aid of Katharine House; a wonderful cause deserves all the help it can get."

If you would like to sponsor Daniel, visit his JustGiving page at