Waddesdon mum's running challenge goes ahead despite charity event being cancelled

A plucky Waddesdon mum was determined not to let a charity which helped her family down.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 12:25 pm
Samantha Murphy

So when she found out that last weekend's Oxford Five at Blenheim Palace was to be cancelled she found a way to do the run anyway and not let her sponsors down.

Samantha Murphy, 35 was due to run in aid of the Oxford Childrens Hospital Charity, after John Radcliffe Hospital Children's Department and Oxford Orthopedics really helped her one year-old daughter.

She managed to raised £600 for the charity, but then the coronavirus crisis came along and she feared that her fundraising efforts would all be in vain.

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Samantha Murphy

But undeterred, Samantha, who ordinarily runs with Coach Nicola's Waddesdon Runners group, decided to do the challenge solo around the village, and her fundraising total continues to grow!

She said: "The race was supposed to be on the Sunday but then it was cancelled. At the time I had a bit of a sore hip, so part of me thought 'well I've got out of that one' but then I caught myself and thought 'no, so many NHS staff are working really hard for us all at the moment, and they have done so much for our family, so I'm going to do something different.'"

Bucks Herald readers who would like to support Samatha's fundraising and the NHS with a financial contribution can click HEREAnd Samantha is so buoyed by her fundraisers success that she plans to take on another challenge to raise money for Oxford Hospitals Charity in the future.

She said: "I'm thinking my next challenge will be to do Snowdon, which my friends and family know is a really big challenge for me. But it's all in aid of such a good cause."

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