Jacky’s fundraising for Rosemere charity reaches a new peak

Jacky is third from left (race number 262) and Abigail is tenth (208). Photo by woodentops.org.uk
Jacky is third from left (race number 262) and Abigail is tenth (208). Photo by woodentops.org.uk
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Rimington’s Jacky Godfrey took her fundraising for Rosemere Cancer Foundation to new heights by running 886ft uphill!

Jacky, daughter Abigail, (24) and a team of 15 friends aged between 24 and 63-years-old, raised £2,000 for the charity by participating in this year’s annual Grasmere Fell Race – a 2.5km run to the top of the fell and back.

While the first man home made it in 13 minutes, six seconds, Jacky crossed the finishing line in 36 minutes, 45 seconds and Abigail in 47 minutes, four seconds.

Jacky, who has raised more than £25,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation over the last six years in tribute to her late husband Ian, a former patient of Rosemere Cancer Centre, said: “Most of the other runners were experienced athletes but the majority of our team had never done anything like this before.

“Our aim was for each of us to finish safely in one hour and I’m really proud to say that everyone did it within 50 minutes. I expected team members to tell me never again but it seems most now want to run the race next year.”

Among team members were friends Dan and Kelly Luper, of Custom Sourcing Newcastle, who contributed approximately £800 in sponsorship money to the total.

Accountant Abigail, who now lives in Manchester, was also joined a by number of her former school friends from Westholme, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe.

Since losing Ian to cancer in July 2010, Jacky has taken part in cycle treks in Vietnam, Tanzania and Cuba to raise money for Rosemere and last year, organised a ball for the charity at the Gibbon Bridge, Chipping.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS.

The charity strives to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria via their local hospitals and the region’s three specialist treatment centres.

These specialist centres are the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, which provides all local radiotherapy treatment, Blackpool Victoria Hospital for blood cancers and the Royal Blackburn for liver cancers.

It also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all newly diagnosed patients.

For further information about Rosemere Cancer Foundation visit: www.rosemere.org.uk