When Francesca Hutcheson began thinking about her 40th birthday, she wasn’t thinking about where to host her party or what she wanted as a present. She was deciding which four marathons she should take on before the big day hits to raise money for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Francesca, pictured above running the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, is today’s #fundraiserfriday star.
Francesca tells us that she was lucky enough to win a place at last year’s London Marathon via her local running club, the Shropshire Shufflers. She adds ” I completed the course without walking once with the amazing support of my family and friends along the route.”
Looking ahead to 2016, Francesca decided she wanted to try and go not one better or even two better. “I want to go three better!“, Francesca says.
Francesca’s aim is to complete four major world marathons by the time she turns forty. Her plan is for these four marathons to be Paris, London, Berlin and the New York marathon, which takes place the week before her 40th birthday in November of this year.
Francesca wants to use her challenge, which she has named the ‘Four by Forty’ challenge, to raise vital funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – a small charity which is very close to where Francesca lives. Francesca tells us;
Sadly, cancer touches all our lives and I know friends, family, neighbours and colleagues who have all received excellent cancer care from our local NHS hospitals and who have no doubt benefitted from the equipment which Lingen Davies Cancer Fund has been able to provide. That said, there is still so much more that can be done to improve diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, prolong lives and the grass-roots, local fundraising of charities such as Lingen Davies is vital to improving outcomes for patients in Shropshire and mid-Wales.”
Like Francesca, Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is nearing its 40th birthday celebrations which makes the challenge doubly special Francesca is hoping that people will be able to dig deep and support her ‘Four by Forty’ challenge for this worthwhile cause. She finishes by saying “Whether it’s four pounds or forty pounds, every penny will make a real difference to the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.”