Read some stories from our
recent fundraising heroes

Scott’s year of running

Big C Supporter Scott Walker, recently took on some challenging events to raise funds for Big C. Scott’s wife Jayne had a short battle with cancer and during her treatment came to the Big C Centre in Norwich to attend some group support sessions and regularly talked things through with our staff.

However Jayne’s cancer took her life very suddenly, and she passed away just fourth months after her diagnosis at age 28, leaving Scott to bring up their two young children. Since then Scott and his family have gone on to raise £11,000 in memory of Jayne and in 2017 Scott took part in our National Three Peaks Challenge with 30 other supporters, and he also took part in a sponsored 5K race with his son Maddic.

Alison’s Run Norwich Journey

In 2007 Alison was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although 2017 saw her 10-year survival milestone, Alison is now reliving the journey again as she supports her sister Jane, who is also now being treated for breast cancer. For Alison, during her treatment the Big C Centre in Norwich was “somewhere nice to go amidst the madness”. She had massage treatments and took part in relaxation groups.

During her recovery Alison took up running after her treatments had finished, “for me running has helped build my trust with my body, it’s my way to keep fit”. To mark her 10-year milestone and to support Jane through her own cancer journey, Alison decided to take on the challenge of Run Norwich 2017 – a 10k run through the street of Norwich. “This is to support my sister and to say a big thank you to Big C for everything they do for cancer patients in Norfolk and Waveney”.

Becky faces her fear of heights

Becky Herdman, a student at the University of East Anglia, has been a superstar supporter for Big C in 2017. Not only has she volunteered her time at various fundraising events, took on her own challenge (twice!) to face her fear of heights, but she also founded the Big C Society at the UEA. Although she is in her final year of study for a nursing degree, Becky still spent much of her free time helping us with some all important fundraising activities.

Becky’s experience of working on the Oncology Ward at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital inspired her dedicated efforts to Big C. Facing her own fear of heights, Becky challenged herself to not only take on our daring Bungee Jump in June, but did it all over again at Christmas by taking on our Santa Skydive! “I am absolutely terrified of heights and I spent a great deal of time debating whether I should go for it. But I did it! I had a wicked day and as soon as I overcame my fears, it was truly amazing!”