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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2012-10-15 18:55:46

Shelley's triumph! £1160 raised!

Shelley HughesLatest News update 23.10.2012

Shelley completes Amsterdam marathon on behalf of BDMLR!

Despite having received treatment for her knee before the marathon and having problems during the marathon when it collapsed after just 5km, Shelley was so determined to help our cause she completed the full course with a smile on her face.

We're really proud of her achievement and grateful to her, and to the people who have sponsored her to the tune of £1160 so far.  You can still donate to say thank you by clicking here.

Update 15.10.2012

Fantastic news - Shelley Hughes has broken her £1,000 sponsorshop target and donations are still rolling in!

On Sunday October 21st, Shelley will be running the Amsterdam marathon for BDMLR in bib number 8817 and we're really proud of her achievements so far! You can read her training blog here.

Her story started in July 2011, when Shelley and her partner were touring the North West of Scotland and came to an estuary where there were what they thought to be a pod of dolphins in the water.

They realised that the animals were too big for dolphins and were, in fact, pilot whales. The estuary was the Kyle of Durness and what they were about to witness was a mass stranding of these enigmatic creatures.

Pilot Whale mass strandingBDMLR medics from all over Scotland, Cumbria and Newcastle arrived on the scene and Shelley and her partner got stuck in and helped the rescue team, successfully returning around 44 of the pod of 77 to open water - a major achievement under very difficult circumstances.

Shelley was so moved by the experience and impressed with BDMLR's resce response that she is running the Amsterdam marathon to raise funds for the charity. You can read a news report of her story here.

Shelley is an artist and has also had some great ideas for teeshirts.  We're looking into getting them produced but in the meantime you can buy prints of her designs here.

We're really grateful to Shelley for sticking with it through thick and thin and wish her all the best for Sunday. If you would like to spur her on then you can still donate by following the link to JustGiving - of course all support is greatly appreciated.

Good luck Shelley! We'll be cheering you on!

Stephen Marsh
BDMLR Operations Manager