Three generations of one family came together to run in memory of a much-loved mum and to raise money for The Christie.
Soon after returning from a family holiday in Kefalonia to celebrate her and husband Chris’s golden wedding anniversary in 2014, Jane Mather, from Wilmslow, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The former medical receptionist was treated at specialist cancer hospital The Christie in Withington but sadly died in February 2016 aged 72.
Chris wanted to find a way to raise money for The Christie and remember his wife at the same time and he and six family members trained hard for the Wilmslow 10K.
He said: “All our family enjoy regular sporting activities. Our eldest daughter Philippa Menendez has not run for a while and decided the Wilmslow 10K would provide a target for this and give us a chance to give something back to The Christie.”
Chris and Philippa were joined by Philippa’s brother Tom, sister Emma and Emma’s son Finn, Chris’s brother Nick and nephew Tad. Their original fundraising target was £500 but they have already raised nearly £2,000.
The Christie is an official charity partner of the Wilmslow 10K which this year took place on 26 November 2017.
Emma Saunders, fundraising co-ordinator for The Christie charity, said: “We were thrilled to be the Wilmslow 10k charity partner for the first time and we’re so proud that families like the Mathers are supporting us. We cheered them all on every step of the way.”
Chris, who runs a landscape gardening business with his son, added: “Five generations of our family have lived in Wilmslow and we have lived in our house for nearly 50 years. Our road has 30 houses and in that time 12 families have lost members to cancer. We desperately need to give as much support to hospitals like The Christie as we can.
“This is also a wonderful way of remembering Jane.”
The family’s JustGiving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Philippa-Menendez