A Chorleywood physiotherapist will be soon undertaking the London Marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.
Nicky Edwards decided to take part in the marathon, taking place on October 3, in memory of her daughter’s friend who sadly died of leukaemia.
Speaking to CHORLEYWOODnews, Nicky said: “I decided to run the London Marathon in 2020 as it was the 40th London Marathon in my 40th birthday year. Sadly, due to covid the 40th London marathon became a virtual race, and I ran it locally dressed as a sunflower raising money for Children with Cancer UK in memory of my daughter’s friend Sam Hanson who sadly lost his battle with leukaemia shortly before his eight birthday.
“This year I am again running the London Marathon in memory of Sam. To make the challenge more difficult I am wearing the charity’s bell costume, as a symbol for helping more children ring their end of treatment bell.
“Preparation for the marathon has been erratic as I am currently juggling the expansion of Chiltern Physiotherapy in Chorleywood and looking after my four and 10-year-old. I regularly teach Pilates and strength and conditioning classes which helps a lot.
“I’m a bit of a race medal addict so I tend to enter races at the weekend and use them as my training runs. I’ve recently completed the Vitality Big Half Marathon in London, a 20-mile race at the Bedford Runfest and The Great North run in Newcastle.”
Nicky also highlighted that 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.
She added: “Treatments for childhood cancer are toxic and can cause life-long permanent damage. Children with Cancer UK support children and families during cancer treatment and fund vital research for kinder, less toxic treatments with less side effects.
“Their vision is for all children to survive childhood cancer. I am hoping to raise £5,000 for this fantastic charity to support their vision.”
To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickyEdwards8