Jessica is hoping it's second time lucky at the London Marathon

Jessica Roper is making her second attempt at completing the London Marathon. Her first attempt ended at 18 miles in 2016, when a knee injury forced her to stop.

The memories of two special people are providing the motivation for Jessica to complete the course. Her cousin Chris needed hospice care before he passed away, as did her grandmother.

Jessica was only 11 when Chris died from cancer, leaving behind a wife and 8-month-old daughter. The hospice arranged for a christening for his baby daughter during his final days.

"I just remember that as being a really kind thing to help him on his way," says Jessica.

Her grandmother also died from cancer at a hospice, when Jessica was 18.

"I was just grateful that she wasn't in pain... The nurses were great at giving me cuddles when I was crying, and taking me away so my Nan didn't have to see that.

"They were bringing around drinks trollies and giving my Nan a gin at 11am in the morning which I think is exactly what you want when you're in that situation!"
"They just made everything dignified and just better. The work hospices have done has meant a lot to me. Running the London Marathon is my way of giving back for those experiences."

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