Today’s Fundraiser Friday blog comes from Jo who will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for The Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
Jo tells us “I’ve always loved sport, namely football and running and after moving to Basingstoke from Coventry over four years ago, I decided to get back into running following a long-term injury and joined Chineham Park Running Club who inspired me to want to run further. I’d only run up to 10k beforehand but since joining, I have run up to half marathon level on a number of occasions and an endurance 20 mile relay.
With football, I’m an avid supporter of my hometown club, Coventry City Football Club, and travel all over the country for them, despite now living 120 miles from home. I have been to over 80 Football League stadiums following Coventry! A beloved family member takes us on these road-trips and it was becoming obvious something wasn’t right with all the breaks we were having on our journeys, and that he was having trouble with his prostate, which was later confirmed.”
Jo, a keen runner, was struck down by a stress fracture, which she says totally knocked her confidence. She also found the injury affected her mood, as she finds running not only aids fitness but also acts as a release and helps clear the mind.
During this spell, Jo watched the Virgin Money London Marathon and says “I decided that after moping around, [she] was going to focus on getting the injury sorted and next year, I was going to run it.” Despite it having taken 6 months to to get the all clear, Jo will now be fulfilling the dream of running the Virgin Money London Marathon.
The Prostate Cancer Research Centre tell us that currently a man over 50 has a 1 in 11 chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and that, due to increased lifespans and widespread testing, it is predicted that a boy born in 2015 will have a 1 in 7 chance of being diagnosed with the disease.
Jo says “I knew for sure that I also wanted to raise money for a charity. You feel pretty useless when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. However although medically there’s nothing you personally can do to help, emotionally/mentally you can be there for that person and physically you can do to raise awareness and funds to help research. The Prostate Cancer Research Centre seemed the obvious choice and I cannot say how fantastic they have been. I definitely chose the right charity.”
Jo has thrown herself into her fundraising and has combined her love of football and running by raising funds by obtaining items from some football clubs to auction off. Jo also says “my employers have been fantastic too in allowing me to hold a company BBQ, as well a Marketing Team holding a World-cup Sweepstake & Red Carpet Auction“.