Fiona's 100KM thermometer challenge raises smiles and funds for Breast Cancer Now

A Lancashire teacher is striding out this month to boost a charity's funds in memory of her friend Janis Whitlock.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 3:08 pm

Fiona Elcomb is putting her best foot forward to raise funds for a charity which has a new and special significance for her.

Fiona, from Ribchester, has embarked on a 100 km walking/running challenge to raise funds for the charity Breast Cancer Now.

She decided to create the fundraiser after the death of her friend Janis Whitlock, proprietor of Ribchester Taste Buds takeaway and sandwich shop/cafe, who died last month following a diagnosis of breast cancer in January.

Fiona Elcomb pictured in front of the window display she has created in memory of her friend Janis Whitlock

Each kilometre which Fiona completes will be marked by a bright new pom pom on a colourful display outside Fiona's Ribchester home. For this week's back to school week Fiona , a maths teacher,is adding a mini maths quiz to the display. She said: "It will be what's the fraction in red? How many are blue?Just to generate a bit of interest. Janis always wanted to be doing things. It's just a focal point really. It's my kilometre thermometer."

Fiona continued: "Janis's business was known by everybody in the village. It's so sad. We are going to miss a massive character. I just wanted to do something that could involve people and just remember Janis."

She added: "Our family motto is everybody needs a Janis. "

Fiona's display also includes photos of Janis.

Fiona's "Kilometre Thermometer" - a string with bobbles, marking each kilometre she completes in her walking/running challenge

Breast Cancer Now is a UK charity providing research and care for people affected by breast cancer. The donation page is listed under Fiona's first name Judith. To donate see here or search online at JustGiving for Judith Elcomb Judith's 100 km in March for Janis.

* For a full tribute and report about Janis's life see here* The Lancashire Post is more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism. For unlimited access to Lancashire news and information online, you can subscribe here