Keep-fit fan goes extra mile for cause 'close to home'


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A KEEP-FIT fanatic has successfully completed the first leg of her ‘Double Run Challenge’ to help raise money for a Chester appeal.

Lisa Smith recently completed her first run by taking part in a 10k event in Birchwood and achieving a personal best time of 56 minutes 56 seconds.

She also helped raise money for the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal.

Lisa, from Warrington, is an assistant accountant at Westgrove. She’s now in training for the English Half Marathon on October 21.

Lisa said: “I love keeping fit and challenging myself. In the past I’ve participated in a number of 5k or 10k runs for national charities.

“They were all great causes but this time I wanted to focus on a charity that is closer to home.

“When I found out about the work Westgrove had already done to support the Babygrow Appeal and I read up on it, I knew this was the cause I’d been looking for.

A couple of my friends have already seen first-hand the quality of care the staff provide at the Countess of Chester Hospital, even without the new Neonatal Unit, so to give the hospital this added support would just mean that local families in the future will benefit phenomenally.”

Lisa added: “I’ve been wearing my Babygrow tee-shirt to train in at the gym to raise awareness of the appeal and Westgrove have also kindly supplied me with running gear branded with theBabygrow logo which looks fabulous.

“I’m really happy to support this appeal and help support the wonderful work the staff in the neonatal unit do every day.”

Lisa has already raised £581 and anybody interested in sponsoring her can do so at https://

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