A community of women have pitched in to help babysit the children of a Sydney woman so that she can participate in fundraising marathons, after she lost her husband to brain cancer.
Several members of the Coogee Cougars women’s running group made the offer to help fellow member and mother-of-two Sophie Smith after her husband’s death earlier this year. 
Ms Smith, 46, regularly runs with the group and was about to give up her regular 5.20am run after realising she had no one to help mind her two young sons Owen and Harvey.
Coogee Cougars founder Jo Davidson, 47, then asked her fellow runners if they would be willing to give up their run to help mind the two boys. 
Ms Davidson said the response was “instantaneous”. 
“People were willing to just go ‘yes’, to give up both their time at an early hour of the morning as well as the chance to run (to help babysit),” …