Local beauty therapist runs London Marathon in memory of niece

Lauren Mitchell from Southampton will be undertaking the ultimate challenge in April, when she will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Lauren is taking on the marathon in memory of her niece Rosita who sadly passed away last August. She will be raising money for us, helping us to support more families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

Rosita was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at a young age and her and her family received support from Janet, a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker, who visited the family and helped them with transport to and from the hospital.

Lauren, who is a self-employed beauty therapist, will be raising money by organising beauty treatment evenings with clients and friends, face painting at children’s parties and other creative games. Lauren is aiming to complete the marathon in four and half hours and has already raised over £2,000 for Rainbow Trust. This amount would cover the cost of support for a family with a terminally ill child for a whole year.

“From the age of 11 months, Rosita went through a lot of pain and suffering, but she always had a smile on her face. She did not let her devastating illness affect her beautiful personality and through very difficult times she was very brave. It means a lot for me to run in memory of Rosita and for such a lovely charity that helped me family”. Lauren

To sponsor Lauren visit her Virgin Money Giving page online