CANADIANS are used to the ice and snow – so the current cold snap will not deter Heather Finnerty from her training routine.
Heather, wife of Sheffield Steelers ice hockey coach Ryan Finnerty, is pulling on her trainers and running the London Marathon in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Canadian-born Heather became involved with Bluebell Wood after Ryan and the team visited the North Anston hospice in December.
A qualified counselling psychologist, Heather offered her services as a volunteer at the hospice, which offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy.
And the seasoned runner, aged 30, also volunteered to take part in runs for the hospice.
Heather said: “I am greatly honoured to have been given this opportunity to participate in the London Marathon on behalf of Bluebell Wood.
“They are an amazing organisation and I feel privileged to run the marathon on their behalf.
“It will be immensely rewarding to cross that finish-line knowing I have given something back to them.
“This is definitely the highlight of my racing career, and I am hoping everyone will be able to support me.”
Heidi Megaughin, Bluebell Wood acting chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled Heather is going to run the London Marathon for us, it’s a tough challenge, but one we’re sure she’ll thrive on.
“It’s great to have the support of Heather and the Sheffield Steelers and we’ll be extremely proud to see her on the day in our purple vest running for Team Bluebell.”
n To sponsor Heather, visit www.justgiving.com/Heather-LondonMarathon-BluebellWood