Sarah dedicates London Marathon to friend

March 02 2020
Sarah dedicates London Marathon to friend

To raise sponsorship, Sarah is organising a party and tribute gig in memory of Chris. Chris’ friends will be offering music, poetry and storytelling performances, as well as having fun and raising a glass in her memory. There will also be a tombola and raffle to raise funds.

Sarah Bird, from Bedminster, is running this year’s London Marathon for leading cancer charity Penny Brohn UK, in memory of her friend, Chris, who died aged 48 of a brain tumour. Chris said that in her next life she would like to run a marathon.
Sarah and Chris were both supported by the charity, as well as another close friend, Nicki. In 2015, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris died from a brain tumour. Sarah visited Penny Brohn UK for practical advice during her treatment.
To raise sponsorship, Sarah is organising a party and tribute gig in memory of Chris. Chris’ friends will be offering music, poetry and storytelling performances, as well as having fun and raising a glass in her memory. There will also be a tombola and raffle to raise funds.
Talking about taking on the London Marathon, Sarah said: “Chris inspired many people during her life, including me, so I will try to run these 26.2 miles in her memory. She was such good company, so I sincerely hope that she is going to be with me in spirit.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris’ death and we both enjoyed the invaluable support of Penny Brohn UK. The people and services offered by Penny Brohn are a lifeline to many people living with cancer and offer practical, emotional, social and spiritual support to improve quality of life and to manage the fear and uncertainty that a cancer diagnosis often brings.”
Emma Gilmore, Head of Community and Challenge Events at Penny Brohn UK said: “We are delighted that Sarah is running the London Marathon in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Sarah is a fantastic member of our running team and we are touched that she is dedicating half the race to her friend, Chris. All the sponsorship money raised will help us support more people affected by cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible. A big thank you and good luck to Sarah!”
With 40 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine. Its approach offers personalised care from the point of a cancer diagnosis into treatment and throughout survivorship. Exploring areas like diet, exercise, emotions, relationships and managing stress, their free courses, one-to-one therapies, and group sessions, work alongside standard medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing by supporting the holistic needs – psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical – of people affected
by cancer
Sarah is hoping to raise £5,000 for Penny Brohn UK. To sponsor Sarah, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarahandchrismarathon2020
For further information about Penny Brohn UK, visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk