Hester Malin has decided to complete a unique running challenge in support of Horatio’s Garden.
In February, Hester’s Dad suffered a life-changing spinal injury when he fell down a ravine in New Zealand. The accident has left him paralysed from the chest down, which led to Hester thinking about what she could do to support him.
As her parents are currently in lockdown in New Zealand, separated from their family and friends on the other side of the world, Hester’s challenge is her way of keeping in touch with them each day.
Fortunately, she did manage to see her Dad after his accident for a short while and during that time the family spent many hours together in the hospital garden, idling away the hours talking and doing things families do. Hester learned the importance of gardens, greenery and open spaces throughout the experience, which is why she’s kindly chosen to fundraise for Horatio’s Garden.
Whilst her Dad was an adventurer, Hester says she on the other hand can normally be found ‘lolloping around the house, nosing around the fridge’. She decided that her challenge needed to be something her Dad would have done though, so she has committed to running every single day until her parents get home.
Hester is not only using her running as an opportunity to raise money for Horatio’s Garden, but is also using it as a way to get outside, be in nature and enjoy the beautiful places around her; something she believes everyone should be doing.
Since Hester began her challenge in early May, she has continued to run every day and the fantastic news is that it’s looking like her parents will be home in a few weeks. The family have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity, with Hester far surpassing her £500 target as her total currently stands at over £2,000 and counting! If you would like to make a contribution and read more of her fundraising story, please CLICK HERE.
We are so grateful to Hester for thinking of us. We’re looking forward to hearing more of her running tales over the next few weeks and wish the Malin family all the very best.