Bere Alston mum raises £6,000 with London Marathon run for cancer charities supporting her daughter

By Sam Hughes in Local People

MORE than £6,000 was raised by a mother from Bere Alston after running the London Marathon to raise money for several cancer charities which have supported her daughter.

Sally Dunn crossed the 26.2-mile finish line with a smile on her face and her arms raised high after four hours and 24 minutes.

After closing the fundraising page and adding up all the donations, a total of £6,394.89 was raised, which will be shared between the Mustard Tree at Derriford Hospital, the Brains Trust and Brain Tumour Research. More than £2,000 of that total was raised locally from charity pots in Bere Alston and fundraising events by the Number 12 salon in the village, The Plough Inn in Bere Ferrers and others who have supported the family.

Sally’s daughter Holly, 19, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) — a grade four brain tumour — in January 2016 when she was 18-years-old. Having undergone treatment that hasn’t worked and the possibility of surgery being ruled out, unfortunately the family has been told that there is nothing more that can be done for Holly, so she is making the most of her time left surrounded by her loved ones.

Sally said: ‘The marathon was everything I expected it to be and I really enjoyed every moment — even when I fell flat on my face at mile 20 and the crowds cheered when I got back up to run again! A staggering £6,394.89 was raised and I am so grateful to everyone that donated to the fund. I never thought it would be possible to raise that amount.

‘The timing was just about right as two days after the marathon Holly’s condition started deteriorating quite rapidly. It was almost as if she was holding out until the marathon was finished. She’s now at home in the wonderful care of the palliative team and we are spending our time ensuring she is as comfortable as possible and surrounded by all those that she loves and loves her too.’

Community support for the family is still continuing, with family friend Emma Dooney preparing to undertake a fundraising cycle ride in aid of Brain Tumour Research in July.

Emma said: ‘I met Sally through a running club four years ago. I planned to cycle 102-miles from Plymouth to Ilfracombe on Saturday, July 15 and said I would cycle a further 70-miles back to Tavistock if I reached my fundraising target of £500. It is set to be a long journey as 70 per cent of the target has already been raised in three days of my fundraising page being set up.’

Visit Sally’s JustGiving fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cycleforHolly

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