CHARITY CHALLENGE: Megan’s marathon challenge for brother

Tribute: Daniel Page and, inset, his sister Megan Kearns

Tribute: Daniel Page and, inset, his sister Megan Kearns

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A special sister is adding to her list of charity challenges in memory of her brother.

Not content with already raising over £1,000 in the past four years, Megan Kearns, 24, from Clayton Brook, near Chorley, is hoping to add to her charity pot and help out St Catherine’s Hospice in the process.

Megan Kearns who is running a marathon in memory of her brother

Megan Kearns who is running a marathon in memory of her brother

Megan, an officer worker for an energy company, started her annual challenges in 2011 after losing her brother, Daniel Page.

She said: “When Daniel died it taught me that something could happen to you at any time so you have to do things while you’re still here.

“Raising money for different charities means I can put a positive spin on something so negative.”

As well as tackling the Galloway’s Fire Walk, Manchester Shine Marathon and cutting off her hair in aid of The Little Princess Trust, who provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls suffering from cancer, Megan will take part in the Manchester Asics Marathon on April 19th, running 26.1 miles around the borough of Trafford.

Megan said: “It’s hard work fitting in training alongside a full time job but I’m trying my best.

“My family are very supportive of me but, for some reason, they’ve let me do all my challenges by myself.”

Megan added: “My brother had told me he always wanted to run a marathon so this seems like a great way to raise funds in his memory.

“I thought I should also raise funds for a local charity as he worked as a paramedic in Lancashire and helped many local people.”

Daniel, a paramedic from Countess Way, Chorley, was 31-years-old when he died of a heart condition called coronary artery atheroma.

He had been cycling to Rivington with a friend when he collapsed and was rushed to hospital, but he never woke up.

Megan will also be running for the British Heart Foundation and will split donations between the two groups.

To donate to Megan’s marathon mission visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Megan Kearns.