Runner raises more than £3,000 for charity by taking on Virtual Marathon in memory of her late son, Harry

Runner raises more than £3,000 for charity by taking on Virtual Marathon in memory of her late son, Harry

by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

A FUNDRAISER who ran 31 loops of roads in Ormskirk has raised more than £3,000 for charity in memory of her late son, Harry.

Joanne Fenna, the director of Bliss Events Company Ltd, based at the Merlin Business Park in Burscough, recently ran a Virtual Marathon of 31 loops of Ryburn Road/Dyers Lane/Prescot Lane/Black Moss Lane for Ronald McDonald House Liverpool.

Joanne said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my neighbours who made a donation. My husband and son had a table on our drive on Ryburn Road for my drinks and gels and people kept walking past and donating which we didn’t expect to happen at all.

“We raised over £3,000 in total and £195 from passers-by and neighbours and I’m just so overwhelmed by it - people kept stopping and asking my husband if they could make a donation for ‘the woman running in orange’. I don’t know who donated so if you post my thank you, it would be very much appreciated.

“On my 29th birthday, I was given the best birthday present ever as my eldest son, Harry was born.

“Just 24 hours later, Harry was rushed to Alder Hey Hospital where he was diagnosed with transposition of the Great Arteries. We were told it was one of the more complicated heart conditions and once fixed it would be fixed for life but the operation was very complicated and Harry picked up an infection while in Intensive Care and we didn't know what the outcome would be. At a time when our lives had turned upside down, Ronald McDonald House Liverpool gave us a lifeline; they gave us somewhere to stay, a clean room with a bathroom and a place to call home whilst we battled through the worst weeks of our lives.

“Ronald McDonald House Liverpool is run entirely on donations, it is not given any government funding and it is an independently run house, it doesn't receive any funding from the main Ronald McDonald House Charity - it relies totally and solely on donations and fundraising events like the one I'm doing next year.

“I had to say good night to Harry when he was seven weeks old and as he would be 18 in December this year, I have decided to run my first (and probably my one and only) marathon for him and to raise as much money as I possibly can for RMCH Liverpool as a thank you for helping at a time when it was needed the most.  

“My company, Bliss Events Company will also be raising money on my behalf through our various shows, Bliss Wedding Shows, The Liverpool & North West Wedding Show and RunFit Expo and we will be running competitions to win stands at these shows throughout the next 12 months.”

To add to her donations, go to

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