A COUPLE from Stebbing, Essex, will be embarking on the London Marathon challenge this April in aid of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Sabina Bird has been coaching the charitys cohort of marathon runners this year
Sabina said: As my husband Graham and I are both running we have had to rely on the support of wonderful friends who have looked after children for us every Sunday morning so we can run together. Those long runs together have been wonderful.
Sabina is fundraising for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity while her husband Graham fundraises for the Helen Rollason Charity and Educare.
Sabina added: My mother-in-law died of cancer several years ago and Graham and I miss her so much. I also seem to have an increasing number of friends suffering from the disease so anything that supports them is close to my heart.
I feel that it’s important to support local charities and the more I learn about what the charity does, the more strongly I feel about the importance of the work they do. I’m very proud to be supporting the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Sabina, who belongs to Great Dunmow and Felsted Runners, is clocking up between 25 and 45 miles a week in preparation for the 26-mile stint through the capital.
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity funds and operates a network of cancer support centres in the area. Two of which are situated in Chelmsford, one in Springfield, the other on the Broomfield Hospital site. The centres offer cancer patients access to complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. In addition, the charity funds an extensive research programme into the disease. There is a team of scientists working in a laboratory undertaking studies into the disease while research nurses care for patients on clinical drug trials.
As a coach to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charitys marathon runners Sabina said: Many of them are experienced runners and members of running clubs but I think the others have found a training programme and advice helpful. Whether my advice has been needed or not, I hope we’ve all enjoyed the experience of feeling part of a team. On long winter runs in the sleet it helps to know there are others out there doing the same loony thing that you are! The team is full of great people and it’s been a lovely way to make new friends. Each time we’ve met up it has been lovely to run together, chat to new people and share the experience.
Im aiming to raise £2000 – I’m not there yet, but am hoping for some last minute sponsorships. I’m now really looking forward to the whole experience on the day and to getting together with the team afterwards to swap war stories.
To sponsor Sabina visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SabinaBird