18 September 2015
Teresa completing the 2015 Bristol Half Marathon
Teresa Holly’s dad, Terry, 56 and from Somerset, was diagnosed with leukemia in February this year.
He is thankfully in remission six months and so Teresa is taking on a number of challenges to raise money for the charity that helped him.
Now Teresa, 28 from Nailsea, is lacing up her running shoes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support to thank them for the help and support they showed Terry throughout his diagnosis and treatment. Her main and final challenge is her first full marathon (Bristol – Bath Marathon on the 25 October). But not before she has completed the Bristol half marathon on 13 September, and the Cardiff half marathon on 5 October as training runs.
Earlier this year in July she also completed a “Tour de Cure” which involved cycling from London to Bristol as a team of 40 cyclists. The team together raised over £27,500 for cancer charities.
Teresa said: 'Dad is my inspiration. When the going gets tough I’ll think about the intense chemotherapy he went through. Leukemia was what life threw at him and he battled it off. I’m hoping that the money raised for this marathon will be my way of saying thanks to the support Macmillan nurses and doctors alike provided dad and our whole family to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
'Dad’s has always been fighting fit so his diagnosis was a complete shock to all of us. At first we were in an absolute state of confusion, we didn’t really know what it all meant. However, as soon as dad was in the care of the Macmillan doctors and nurses we could immediately rest easier.'
All of the money raised by Teresa will be used to fund Macmillan's vital cancer services; from specialist nurses and doctors to advice and grants for cancer patients with financial problems.
Locally over the years Macmillan has funded the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service at Weston General, over 20 Macmillan professionals including acute oncology service and dietetics service, a Macmillan GP, Weston Macmillan CAB benefits advice service and a physical activity programme.
Macmillan fundraising manager, Kaeti Morrison, said: 'We are very grateful to Teresa for taking on all of these challenges; it really is very impressive and seriously dedicated. It’s made even more fantastic that her employer Lloyds Banking Group will match every pound she raises…meaning even more money is raised for people affected by cancer.
'I hope that she inspires more people to join Team Macmillan because it is only with the support of our local community that we are able to continue funding our vital services.
'With more people being diagnosed with cancer the need for our services is only going to grow. We want to make sure no one has to face it alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.'
To find out more about taking on a challenge for Macmillan or to find out how else you can get involved contact Kaeti on 07801 307063 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support Teresa reach her target you can sponsor her at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teresaholly