A Stourport-on-Severn mum will be pushing herself to the limit in the Great North Run on 15th September to honour a family member who died of cancer at just five years old.
Kim Burton, 41, who works at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold had not done any exercise since the birth of her daughter in 2011. But she was determined to take on the challenge in memory of her cousin’s daughter Lauren Griffiths and raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. She has already raised over £725 through sponsorship.
Kim said, “Most people remember the day when the British Olympic team claimed six gold medals. It was 4th August last year. I remember that day clearly as we received the devastating news that Lauren had passed away.
“Lauren was beautiful, fun and determined to make the most of every day. She was so full of life, dancing and running about with all the other children at our wedding only two years earlier and was an amazing little girl who left a mark on us all. She passed away that day after a long fight against a brain tumor.”
She added,” It was about a month after that I decided that I must do something to help raise some money towards more research into all cancers, especially those that affect our children. “
Kim has built up her training schedule to running three times a week and hopes to be at peak fitness for the event.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Kim can go online to www.virginmoneygiving.com/kimburton.