AN OPERATIONS controller at Harrods Aviation Business Centre at Stansted Airport will be taking on the mammoth challenge of completing the London Marathon this April all in the name of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Julie Hamby, 41, from Sawbridgeworth, will be running the 26-mile infamous route around the capital on April 26, 2010 in memory of her mum. My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer when she was 47. She was treated by Professor Neville Davidson, who is the chairman of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. He was absolutely fantastic while she was having her treatment which lasted 7 years. My mum sadly died in 2000 aged 53.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity offers cancer support to patients through its centres one of which is in Sawbridgeworth at the Rivers Hospital. The charity funds the therapies including reflexology alongside funding an extensive research programme into the disease.
The year after Julies mum Pauline Smith died Julies sister and father decided to tackle the London Marathon and raised £6000. Now Julie is following in their footsteps and hopes to bring the amount her family raises for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to more than £8000:
She said: Im not a sporty person but its always been something Ive wanted to do. Training has been harder and a bigger commitment than I thought it would. The thing that gets me through the tough training is thinking about my mum and a friend who are no longer here, but Im here and being given the opportunity to run something they would have loved to have done.
Community fundraiser from the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, Rosemary Jensen, said: I would like to take this opportunity to wish Julie and all of our other marathon runners good luck for this challenge.
It takes a lot of determination and inner strength to train for the marathon, add to that a story like Julies and it makes it all the more special and inspirational. Best wishes Julie!
To sponsor Julie in her challenge visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JulieHamby
For more information about the charity visit www.helenrollason.org.uk for more details.