Mum’s marathon in memory of Mary

Mary Collard.

Mary Collard. - Credit: Sue Collard

A WORLE mother will be donning a SpongeBob SquarePants costume before taking her place in the London Marathon in memory of her daughter.

Sue Collard, aged 44, is taking on the challenge with two friends to raise money in memory of her 11-year-old daughter Mary.

Mary, who was a keen golfer, a member of Weston’s Swimming Club and the town’s Act One drama group, lost her brave battle with bone cancer last year.

And because Mary’s favourite cartoon was the Nickelodeon show, mum Sue decided this would be the perfect way to remember her daughter and raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Sue said: “This is just something we wanted to do to remember Mary, to raise some money and raise awareness.

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“If what we are doing saves just one life, it’s worth doing.

“I know Mary would be laughing at the thought of us running in these costumes.”

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Sue will be running the marathon, in April, with friends Michelle Williams, aged 42 and 43-year-old Liz Price from Weston.

And while Sue will be dressing up as the main character, her friends will be joining her by donning costumes of SpongeBob’s friends Gary the snail and Patrick the starfish.

Sue, her family and friends have hosted numerous fundraising events for the trust and in total have raised around £40,000.

She also said she wants this number to grow, with the sponsorship for the marathon, and is planning many more fundraising events throughout the year.

She said: “I’m just doing this for Mary and we want to raise awareness.

“One of Mary’s wishes was that she always wanted to be remembered, which she definitely is.”

To support Sue, Michelle and Liz in their efforts visit their donations page via

For more information about the disease and the trust visit

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