A mother of four will lace up her trainers and tackle a fun run to help raise money for a hospice which provided valuable care to her late brother.

Nicola Davis, 45, from Braintree, is aiming to complete the first 3K Family Fun Run in Chelmsford later this month to show her support for the J’s Hospice.

The charity-run service, which is based in Witham, provided end-of-life care for Nicola’s brother Paul Lawrence, who died in 2016, aged 35.

Nicola said: “My brother Paul had cerebral palsy from birth and this condition meant that he was totally dependent on our parents for everything and lived at home with them all his life.

“We did everything together and Paul was at the heart of it all.

“The J’s Hospice provided nursing care to Paul.

“The care team was a great support to us, particularly during his last few weeks and when we were all together with him at the end of his life. We just wouldn’t have got through it without The J’s.”

It was the support offered by the J’s Hospice which inspired Nicola to join the charity as a healthcare assistant in 2017.

She admits her own experience has underlined the importance of the work done by the hospice and she describes her work life as a passion, rather than a career.

She added: “I know that when you have a child with complex needs, you can’t just be spontaneous – small things like going out for dinner require so much organisation.

“Also, when the parents are working so hard to give their child the best possible life, they don’t always get to have quality time with their other children or any time for themselves when they need a break, which is why giving these families some free time is really important.”

Nicola will be accompanied by daughters Maia and Millie and nephew Jude Putt during the fun run, and the team are aiming to raise as much money as possible.

They have raised £185 so far and all proceeds will go to the J’s Hospice.

Volunteers are needed to help out at the fun run, which takes place alongside the Chelmsford Marathon on Sunday, October 20.

n To find out more, visit havenshospices.org.uk/chelmsfordfunrun.