Marathon effort

Mandurah teacher Rebecca Sandry will participate in the London Marathon to raise funds for PMH.
Mandurah teacher Rebecca Sandry will participate in the London Marathon to raise funds for PMH.

Ravenswood resident Rebecca Sandry teaches at Riverside Primary School and signed up for the marathon in April as part of the Inspired Adventures program.

As part of the fundraiser, Sandry will be one of a team of six travelling to London to take part in the marathon ” so far three have signed up and three more spots are available.

The 26-year-old started running to improve her fitness just over a year ago and has since been slowly building up her long-distance endurance by tackling fun runs around Perth at least once a month.

This month, she is taking on her first half-marathon in the City to Surf, so come April, the 42.2km London Marathon should be a piece of cake.

Sandry started running just to push herself and to see if she could do it.

‘I haven’t done a marathon before, so the City to Surf is my first half marathon,” she said.

‘I had planned on building up to a full marathon sometime next year but then the chance to fundraise for PMH Foundation came up.’

As a teacher, she regularly sees the direct results of the hospital’s work among her students.

‘A lot of the kids I teach have been cared for at PMH at some point and there are two who are in and out of the hospital quite often,’ she said.

‘There is no one I know without some kind of connection with PMH, who’s either been treated there or their children or cousins or nieces or nephews have.’

So far, Sandry has raised about $800 for PMH Foundation, but she has a few big fundraising events up her sleeve to hit her $10,000 target.

Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said Sandry’s contribution as a member of the Inspired Adventures team was a great example of how people chose to support PMH Foundation after having directly seen or benefitted themselves from the care offered by health professionals at PMH over the years.