Run­ner raises £3k in hon­our of mum

West Lothian Courier - - News -

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.just­giv­­fund­ing/

In­spi­ra­tion Mandy’s mum Dianne

Fundrais­ing suc­cess Mandy and her cousin Jade took part in the Scot­tish Half Marathon

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