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Hilary's road to recovery raises funds for Spiritual Care Centre

The Royal Park's half-marathon signifies one mile for each month Hilary was absent.

AFTER taking up running to ease her stress Hilary Dunbar, biomedical scientist at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, is tackling her first half marathon to raise money for a Spiritual Care Centre and Therapeutic Garden.

Hilary has recently returned to work following a period of long-term sickness absence and it was during this time she discovered running could really help her relieve her stress.

Excited to put her 13 months of preparation to good use, Hilary (pictured - centre) said: "I’m really passionate to take on this challenge and support R Charity’s £10m appeal. I want the money raised to go towards the comfort and spiritual care of patients and their families in the new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

“While I was off work with stress I started running and found I greatly benefitted from the daily rhythm and sense of freedom as well as spiritual well-being. I am a Christian so, for me, this running time became a special time to pray and draw closer to God.”

Hilary will be running 13.1 miles in the Royal Parks half marathon in London on 8 October, she said: “This is going to be my first half marathon so I’m sure it’s going to be a challenge. I won’t be alone though, my daughter Melissa and a family friend Kate are also supporting R Charity and encouraging me by running too.”

The route will take the trio, alongside the thousands of other participants, through four stunning London parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens – so there’ll be plenty of beautiful scenery to keep the team motivated.

Discussing the benefits the donations will make Hilary said:

"The Royal Parks route is one mile for every month I was absent, running became really important to me and helped me return to work."

Hilary Dunbar

“I feel whether a patient is in a hospital with a physical or mental illness, it is equally important to care for their spiritual well-being and for their families to benefit too from access to the Spiritual Care Centre and Therapeutic Garden that will be in the new Royal Liverpool Hospital when it opens in 2018.”

Hilary added: “I would love to have your support and every £1 counts. I would be honoured to receive any donations as I run my first half marathon for R Charity as it seeks to improve the experience and well-being of patients and their families in the new Royal.”

Show your support for Hilary Dunbar as she tackles the Royal Parks half marathon in London on Sunday 8 October: