A vet from Cromwell Veterinary Group is taking part in the New York City Marathon to complete a series of challenges undertaken this year in memory of her father.

After losing her father Mike to bowel cancer in March 2012, Samantha Mundy wanted to devise a unique way to honour his memory and help raise funds for hospice charities across the UK.

With the help of her fiancé Andy Kent the challenge became Madness 4 Mike: 2014 in 2014, with the aim to complete 2,014km through body only (walking, running, swimming) organised events throughout the year.

It was to be a series of personal challenges brought together for the same common goal according to Ms Mundy – to help raise money for St Ann’s Hospice, which cared for her dad, and also the Help the Hospices charity, which provide assistance to so many others throughout the UK.

“The challenge started as a group of family and friends, but before long my previous and current work colleagues jumped straight on board to support me, despite never even meeting my dad,” she said.

“Some had collection boxes and raised awareness; others dedicated their time and effort to help contribute to the km total; and some were there to pick up the pieces during recovery from the tougher events and provide a supportive ear when needed.”

Staff from veterinary practices across the country helped Ms Mundy by contributing to the km total through events such as the London 2 Brighton 100km, the Manchester 10km, the Great North Run and the Dirty Dash obstacle course, among many others.

“I have been totally overwhelmed by the support of my veterinary colleagues and friends from all over the country and cannot thank them enough for their support in what has proven to be a very cathartic process for me,” she said.

To complete the challenge, Ms Mundy, Mr Kent and a friend are participating in the New York City Marathon on November 2.

To find out more about the challenge and to donate, visit www.madness4mike.com
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