Roseanne Dougan knows about heartbreak and bereavement more than most, having lost both of her parents by the age of 19 and more recently, her only sister too.
Roseanne was born and bred in Sunderland where she still lives with husband David and children Jessica (19) and 15-year-old David. After seeing the fantastic care her sister received in ward B26 City Hospitals Sunderland, Roseanne will be running the Siglion Sunderland City 10K on May 7th in support of the CHS charity.
“The ward which cared for my sister has a high proportion of patients with very demanding conditions. The funds I raise will hopefully support these patients and their families further”
Having only taken up running at her local parkrun 3 years ago, Roseanne’s first 10K was Sunderland in 2015 where she confesses she became “hooked” on running. Roseanne and husband David are now regulars at their local parkrun: Riverside in Chester-le-Street and will both run the 10K on May 7th.
Roseanne told us:
“Our kids mean more to me than anything else in the world and making sure I stay as active as I can will ensure I’m here a long time to hopefully be around to see great grandchildren grow up. Health and wellbeing are very important to me.. I’m a little competitive too!”
“Running is physically challenging. I want to be the best I can be and show my children anything is possible at any age”
Like many pounding the pavements for their own causes, Roseanne finds running gives her focus and purpose. Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Roseanne stays fit and has recently been graded Second Dan in Taekwondo as well as continuing to train for the 10K.
“Running is a sport you have to be mentally fit for, I’ve had a lot of emotional up and downs but running gives me back some focus and purpose.”
Good luck Roseanne and David, we hope you have a brilliant day on May 7th!
To donate to Roseanne’s fundraising for City Hospitals Sunderland, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Roseanne-Dougan