A TREFONEN mum and runner who was left bedridden for weeks with Covid-19 has signed up to run the Virtual London Marathon in support of Morda's Hope House Children’s Hospice.

Mum-of-two Amanda Lawrence started getting symptoms during April while the country was in full lockdown, going through the full symptoms of a headache, then pretty quickly progressed to a high temperature, chills and a cough.

Amanda, 46, lives in Trefonen with her husband John and two teenage children Jack and Olivia, is a keen runner and a member of Girls on the Run running group, regularly running distances of 5km and 10km, and completing half marathons.

She said she was knocked out by the illness, but with her strength coming back, she wants to celebrate by running for Hope House after she found out about the Virtual London Marathon.

“I really couldn’t breathe particularly well, which was a little concerning," she said.

"What I really remember though is feeling very low as I was kept isolated to just my bedroom, away from the rest of the family for two weeks and didn’t see anybody, which was pretty tough.

“Since having Covid I’ve noticed that my lungs aren’t quite the same and I really had to go back to the start, running for five minutes then taking a break.

“I chose to run the marathon for Hope House as it is a special local charity and I have friends who work there, and another friend and her teenage boy used the services there a few years ago."

She will be running the marathon along with thousands of others on Sunday, October 4, and they have calculated a route which runs from St Martins to Trefonen, going via Morda, West Felton, Oswestry and Whittington.

Amanda is one of 10 runners taking on the challenge in support of Hope House.

Hospice fundraiser Lynsey Kilvert said: “We need to raise in excess of £6m a year to support all the children and families we help from across North Wales, Shropshire and parts of Cheshire.

“We are so grateful to all our runners taking on the Virtual London Marathon to support us. We wish Amanda the best of luck, running a marathon after her experience is quite remarkable.”

If you would like to support Amanda then please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Amanda-Lawrence13 to donate.