Thoughts of her father who lived in Hose and who died suddenly of bowel cancer, will be spurring Helen on to keep running in her first London Marathon.
Helen Evans (52), from Wiltshire near Swindon aims to raise at least £2,000 for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.
Her father, George Parker, died in 1997, aged 65 of bowel cancer and missed his six grandchildren grow up.
Helen said: “He was a great character and an inspiration to me. He was a farmer with a love for the countryside which has been passed on to myself and children.
“It’s possible that now, with screening done at 60 years old, his cancer may have been detected earlier.
“I’ve always wanted to run the London Marathon but been unsuccessful in the ballot a few times. This year I decided it was now or never!”
Helen who works as a nurse in the stroke unit at the Great Western Hopsital, in Swindon, started training for her gruelling 26-mile run in December last year and will take her marks on April 26.
She said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support of family and friends and I’d like to think that my dad would be proud.
“It’s so important to raise awareness of this awful cancer, and to make sure all our loved ones complete the screening.”
Graham Kelly, director of fundraising at beating Bowel Cancer, said: “We’re very grateful for Helen’s support. The marathon is a huge commitment to undertake and we wish Helen the best of luck for the challenge and we’ll be cheering her on from the side-lines.”
l To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Helen-Evans20/
The Melton Times would like to hear readers about their London Marathon challenge.
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