Marathon Runners

Walking to Wales

Sarah Maskew and her 12-year-old son Archie are fundraising for a friend with cancer.

Sarah said: "My close friend Emily Ward who is a mother of two children Alfie, aged 12, and Poppy, eight,  who live in Nailsea has had the bad news that she is been diagnosed with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer.

"Emily was originally diagnosed back in 2018 and celebrated being cancer free after a long a gruelling treatment plan in November 2021.

"Unfortunately this time round we have learned that it has spread to her lungs and brain as well.

"Emily has had her head shaved at the end of July,  to raise awareness for Cancer UK as she has started her chemotherapy two weeks ago and will loose her hair again soon.

"I am wanting to raise money for Emily and her two children so that we can start family counselling sessions.

"They are all struggling with the news they have received and the journey they have to face.

" would also like to get the children memory boxes and films made of Emily’s still media so they have some keepsakes.

"Archie will be joining me on a walk to Wales from our home in Nailsea on Saturday, September 3.

"We think it will be approximately 24-25 miles.

"We hope to raise as much money as possible to support Emily and her children.

"Emily has a big network of friends who are with her every step of the way so other fund raising events will be planned for the future."

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walk2wales4emily

PHOTO: Sorority sisters and Emily with children at SP Hair

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Half marathon man

Couch potato (his own words) Backwell man Keir Hart is running the Bristol half marathon Sunday, September 25 to raise money for the children’s hospital.

It is his way of saying thank you for saving his life a decade ago.

Now aged 23 the building service engineer who went to Backwell School said: “As many people know, I was hospitalized at the Bristol Children's hospital with severe septicaemia and pneumonia at 13 years old.

“The severity of the infection forced doctors to place me in an induced coma as they raced against the clock to save my life.

“After the doctors removed two Litres of fluid from my lungs and countless operations were completed to reduce the infection levels in my blood, I was lucky to come away with my life.

“I stand here today because of the life-saving treatment I received from all the nurses and doctors at the children's hospital.

“Without donations, the hospital cannot use state-of-the-art equipment and invest in medical research programs that ultimately save young lives.

“Not only this, but the charity provides music, play and arts programs in every ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital, helping young children deal with the stresses and fears they face during treatment.

 “I want others to be as lucky as I once was as a child, so to give back and say thank you, I will be raising money by running the Bristol half marathon in September.

“This is a massive challenge for me seeing as I nearly have a heart attack every run I go on over a few kilometres.

“Any donation is hugely appreciated and will go a long way in supporting all the fantastic work the charity does for all young children facing hospital treatment now and in the future.”

Keir is already halfway to raising his target of £1,500 and hopes for an ambition under 1hr 45min finish time.

If you would like to help go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/d4tybt-bristol-childrens-hospital.

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London calls runners

Nailsea dad Ryan Davies has already run a half marathon this year now his sights are set on completing the London Marathon on Sunday, October 2.

Busy training with a few pub pitstops footie fan Ryan, who is on the right side of 40, has a target of £1,000 he wants to raise for Mind.

Ryan said: “Each year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

“I have seen the struggles that people closest to me have gone through over the years.

“It's okay not to be okay and Mind supports those who might need some additional support.

“From a simple phone call, connection with an online community and much more, the money I will be raising will help others in their darker moments.

“Keeping active is one of the best ways to help improve mental health so it seems appropriate to be taking on the London marathon challenge.

“It has been on my bucket list for some time.

“My early morning walks and 10k steps challenges will seem very small as I pound the pavements of the capital!

“Any money you can spare to support this great cause will help spur me on during the 26 miles!”

Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales.

Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016.

Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.  the charity

To help go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryandavies100.

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