Sturton by Stow runner determined to complete 10k challenge in friend's memory
Fiona Brown was signed up to do the the Lincoln 10k which was due to take place on Sunday, November 1, but unfortunately has now been postponed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Fiona is still determined to complete a 10km run around Lincoln in memory of her friend and neighbour, Karen Chambers.
Fiona said: “I was already registered to run the Lincoln 10k before Karen was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in April this year. Karen was only 46 at the time and her illness is still so difficult to comprehend.
“When I was told the devastating news, I decided I needed to do something to help. I spoke to Karen’s husband, Nick, and explained that I was running the Lincoln 10k and wanted to do this to support a charity of Karen’s choice. Nick and Karen agreed and gave me their full support, selecting St Barnabas Hospice, a charity already close to my heart.
“The St Barnabas Hospice at Home team cared for Karen at home, not just supporting her, but looking after the whole family too. They are truly incredible people and I know Karen had the best possible care because of them.
“The initial fundraising target was £300, but the donations kept rolling in and we reached £1,000 in just three days! We were totally blown away at the kindness and generosity shown by others in support of Karen and our fundraising. Nick helped me to keep Karen updated with my training and fundraising and he said it brought a smile to her face.
“On Sunday, July 12, I received the devastating news that Karen had sadly passed away, age 47. I am a similar age to Karen, and we are both mothers, so I found this news particularly difficult. I so desperately wanted to reach the £2,000 fundraising mark for Karen to see before she passed away, but sadly that was not meant to be.
“Karen’s wish for me was to continue raising money for St Barnabas in her memory and I know she is watching over us as the fundraising total continues to climb. She will be with me on 1st November, and she is my motivation to complete the 10k this year. Karen knew I would be running on this date before she passed away as the postponement had not yet been put in place. I won’t let her down.
“As well as running my own 10k this year, many of Karen’s work colleagues and family will also be joining me to complete the main Lincoln 10k event for Karen next year. Our fundraising page has been extended and we will all be wearing special t-shirts to honour her.
“I was heartbroken when Karen passed away, and now I am even more determined to fundraise in her name. She was a truly special lady and my life is much better for knowing her. If our fundraising page could reach the £3,000 mark by my run on November 1, I would be so proud.
“I want to thank everyone who has donated so far. Your money will make such a difference to the Hospice.”
Fiona’s fundraising page is now only £200 away from her £3,000 target and to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionabrown78.
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