Runner raises £3k in honour of mum
A West Lothian woman who tackled a gruelling 13-mile run after her mum was diagnosed with cancer has raised £3000.
Mandy Fairbairn took part in the scottish Half Marathon in september for the oncology Ward at st John’s Hospital.
She said she not only wanted to help the ward financially but also wanted to raise awareness about cancer testing following her mum Dianne’s diagnosis.
Mandy said her mum had been having stomach pains when she was diagnosed and had been putting off going to the doctor as she didn’t think it was anything serious.
As she had been suffering pains for a few months her doctor referred her for further tests.
A few weeks later Dianne was diagnosed with bowel cancer and following an operation and chemotherapy.
Dianne was given the all-clear just before her daughter ran the marathon.
Mandy said she decided to take on the 13.1 mile scottish Half Marathon as thank you to the staff on the ward.
Before the run Mandy had managed to raise £1650 for the oncology ward through sponsor sheets and her Just giving page and saw her total top £3000 following the run.
Mandy said: “I’m over the moon that I managed to raise so much.
“I started off with a target of £500 and made that within 24 hours.
“So many people donated, friends and family and even people I didn’t know.
“Cancer is a subject that touches so many families, and everybody who has been affected has been keen to donate.
“My cousin Jade ran the half marathon with me.
“And the race itself was great. What a feeling it is when you cross the finish line.
“It was pretty emotional because I was doing it for a purpose.”
If you would like to help Mandy raise money for the hospital visit her Just giving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/
Inspiration Mandy’s mum Dianne
Fundraising success Mandy and her cousin Jade took part in the Scottish Half Marathon