Why are you running and what drew you to fundraise for Severn Hospice?

Many years ago Severn Hospice looked after my dad in his last days.

If it is for someone, who they were, what they meant to you, what would they think of you doing this?

More recently you looked after my sister Maxine for the last five weeks of her life. Maxine and I had both been diagnosed with cancer within a week of each other in 2020. Maxine with ovarian cancer and myself with breast cancer. We went through treatment together, during lockdown it was a hard time. We both had surgeries and chemotherapy and maintenance drugs. I went on to have hormone therapy, radiotherapy, and a couple more operations and was getting better and stronger. I got given the all clear. My sister didn’t. She went onto maintenance stings but 10 months after having no evidence of disease she was diagnosed with a recurrence. It was devastating. I knew what it meant. She was my best friend, my confidant, and my inspiration. She always had been. I will miss her until the day I die. I will carry her within my heart until then.

What support are you getting from family / friends?

I will be forever grateful for the care she received at Severn Hospice, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to pay back with a personal challenge for my own little ‘f**k you’ to cancer. Maxine’s cancer and mine. I know that my brother Luke and brother-in-law Graham are also keen to run for Severn Hospice too.

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