A mum from Peterborough has set herself the challenge to run 5k a day during May to raise money for a cancer care charity.
Helen John, 50, is taking part in fitnaturally’s Every Day in May activity challenge to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care.
This year marks the start of the 50th anniversary of the charity, which was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. The charity is also developing a website resource to help people find care and support services nearest to them.
Helen said: “I took part in Every Day in May two years ago and at that time I used my cross-trainer for the majority of it with a couple of walks. So this year I really wanted to run for as long as my legs and dodgy knee will allow. Sally who runs fitnaturally is a good friend of mine and I wanted to try and support her with this charity and I personally feel that a lot of the smaller charities don’t receive the support and recognition they deserve. I am fortunate that none of my family have suffered with cancer, but I do have friends who are going through chemotherapy at the moment so know how important this service would be.
“I’ve been running every day and I’ve even taken my 14 month old Cocker Spaniel puppy, Monty, with me a couple of times! I took part in my first 10k race since 2008 on Sunday in 29 degree heat and I’ve walked a couple of times and used my cross-trainer so it is all going well so far. I am hoping to raise £150 but it would be lovely to raise a bit more so all donations are welcome. I’m not saying its easy running every day, fitting it in with my working life. But if I can raise just a small amount of money to help people and their families living with cancer that will be just amazing!”
Organised by fitnaturally, Every Day in May is an activity challenge that aims to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care. Participants cover 5km or 10km, every day during the month of May, by any self-powered means – so anything from walking, running, swimming, cycling and skating.