TESTING her stamina over 26 miles, Katie Drummond-Dunn from Pityme takes on the Virgin London Marathon on April 23 to raise funds for a charity that helped her sister Chars, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 18 years old.
Willow, set up by Arsenal legend, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, in 1999 in memory of their daughter, is the only national charity working with seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
Katie, 33, is one of more than 30 runners representing Team Willow in the London Marathon. She said; “Running the London Marathon has always been an ambition of mine and I always wanted to do it for a charity who helped my sister. I applied for the London Marathon ballot for about five years without getting a place, including the 2017 ballot. So I got in touch with Willow directly last October but they had already filled their spaces as well. However, I got an email from Willow in November - someone from their marathon team had unfortunately dropped out so I was offered their place and I didn’t hesitate in accepting! I hope I can do everyone proud in the London Marathon.
“Chars had a horrible couple of years but has now finished her treatment, graduated from university with a First Class degree in Sports Therapy and works in a clinic helping other people every day.
“Willow were a ray of sunshine after a dark couple of years - I am hoping people will donate anything they can to help me reach my target for Willow so they can continue their great work!”
Katie has raised nearly half of her £2,250 target for Willow to date. You can sponsor her online at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/katiedrummonddunn or donate through collection tins at Ocean Blue Clothing in Polzeath or Wadebridge, or Barnecutt’s Bakery in Rock. She is giving updates on her training via her Twitter account: @katieddunn.
For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk or telephone 01707 259777.