Cathy Mansfield – Wissey half marathon
I'm running the Wissey half marathon in September, inspired by my friend and colleague, Natalie, to raise a load of money for The Big C, a charity that supports cancer patients across Norfolk and East Anglia and that supported Natalie last year while she was suffering with breast cancer. They provide an important service and need donations to continue this vital work.
Find out more about Natalie's story here: https://2019in2019forbigc.wordpress.com/
What I’m doing:
I'm joining a team of runners, including many from the Norwich Research Park, in running the Wissey half marathon on 1st September. This is a big challenge for me and I definitely don't class myself as a runner and am pretty anxious about the amount of training I've managed to fit in so far so every little helps!
Why I’m fundraising:
The Big C charity provides vital support for cancer patients across Norfolk and Waveney. This charity provides all kinds of support to patients and I know it really helped Natalie stay positive last year. As a young woman, getting breast cancer in your 30s must be a terrifying experience, but Natalie got through the last year with an amazing and inspirational amount of positivity.
In Natalie's own words "The Big C provided me with a place to go and chat to volunteer nurses about the scary things that were happening to me, and offered a quiet place to sit and have a cup of tea and biscuits after some extremely upsetting meetings with my oncologist and surgeon. Further along the process the Big C charity provided me with advice about wigs and offered hats and headscarves to try in anticipation of my hair falling out. This charity also amazingly offers each person that is diagnosed, and their partner, with 6 free massages to help them relax and feel a little better during such a horrible period of their life, as well as free make up and headscarf tying courses for those loosing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes! This charity really made a positive difference to my experience of getting cancer this year."
I wanted to give something back to the charity that helped Natalie through the last year and any donations would be massively appreciated.