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Joanne Illingworth

Joanne’s London Marathon Journey

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]In 1989 I achieved one of the best things I ever did - I finished my first and what I thought would be my last marathon. [/p][p]In May 2017 I applied to do the 2018 London Marathon. So with excitement and fear in equal measure I received the important ‘ You are In ‘ magazine. I hadn’t exercised for about 28 years but that was all to change.[/p][p]Was I really up to this I asked myself. [/p][p]So on 7th October I dragged myself to a specialist running shop and bought running shoes and socks and the next day I started NHS Couch potato to 5K. I couldn’t run more than a minute without panting like a dog.[/p][p]So who am I - I’m an unfit, fat ,fifty one year old facing a huge personal challenge. I’m hoping to show myself and anyone else who will listen that you can get fit enough in 28 weeks to complete what most people agree is the best marathon in the world. [/p][p]I have chosen to support 2 different charities Macmillan Cancer Support and 4Louis.[/p][p]A family member lost a child shortly after birth a few years ago ( before 4louis was formed) and also 2 of my lovely work colleagues in the last 3 years have used 4Louis- 1 lost a grand child suddenly 4 weeks after birth and 1 lost her 1st child suddenly a few days after birth. This all happened in the same year.[/p][p]I’ve been very lucky that neither myself or immediate family have had to use either of these charities but my inspiration is the friends and work colleagues and their families who have. No-one should suffer the loss of a child and 4louis provides support to bereaved parents when everything seems so bleak. I know the upset this caused as a colleague so can only imagine the heartache the parents and their families have to endure . This charity gives support at the worst time in a parents life and provides treasured memories. They supply memory boxes for the bereaved parents as well as a cold cuddle cot in hospital to allow the families to spend a little more time with their baby. They don’t just supply the north east but I believe all over the country. [/p][p]My mam lost a close friend a few years ago to cancer and again when I found out that I’d been accepted a work colleague had been diagnosed with cancer and there’s been 3-4 other colleagues over the years diagnosed with breast cancer. Some won their fight and some didn’t. [/p][p]I know first hand how important these 2 charities are at some of the darkest moments in peoples lives.[/p][p]It was hard to decide which charities to support as there’s so many deserving ones but I’ve chosen charities that mean something to me . My sponsors will be my inspiration when the going gets tough.[/p][p]I’m now well over half way through my marathon journey and would like thank everyone who has sponsored me. It’s been more emotional,time consuming and exhausting than I ever thought but I wouldn’t change anything.[/p][p]Im am now only 10 days away and the support and encouragement ive had from my husband, family, friends and wonderful work colleagues has been amazing. When the going got tough you all helped me through.[/p][p]I'm excited and terrified all rolled into one but next week i will be completing The London Marathon - yikes[/p][p]Well I did it and although disappointed with my time I’m still proud of what I’ve acheived in 28 weeks. More importantly two wonderful charities will benefit from the generosity from my Family, friends, colleagues and even strangers and that’s what I’m proudest of.[/p][p]A huge ginormous thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who sponsored me[/p]
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Supporters

24-May-2018

Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.

£5.00

11-May-2018

Denise Woodman

This donation is from Jon and Ruth where I work at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. Jon is the senior technician in our aseptics suite where we make chemo for our trust patients and Ruth is a breast cancer survivor.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

04-May-2018

Bev

Well done Jo, you’re an inspiration xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

01-May-2018

Colin and Thelma Dixon

Well done

£5.00

01-May-2018

Kenny and Marjorie Briggs

Well done

£25.00

30-Apr-2018

Barbara Gerry Holmes

Well done

£10.00

30-Apr-2018

Diane ladies day

Well done

£10.00

30-Apr-2018

Jill Palin

Well done Joanne

£20.00

30-Apr-2018

David Illingworth

Well done Joanne so proud of you. Miles 2 and 13 in memory of my mam and dad.

£20.00

22-Apr-2018

Anonymous

Well done Joanne, think we saw you just behind Mo. Good causes. John and Christine Clinton. x

£10.00