Carole first started fundraising for Macmillan in 2006 when she completed the London Marathon. At the time she had not been affected by cancer but chose Macmillan. Her husband, Peter, has been involved with Macmillan since 1999, which has included a spell as a county fundraising manager and currently as a county ambassador.
Over the last seven years, Carole has raised £10,000 as a runner for Macmillan. She has also participated in several Macmillan cycling events. She has taken part in:
As part of her preparation for the challenges, Carole ran between 5-10 miles each day and swam for a mile and/or cycled on alternative days. On the weekends she ran to the swimming pool 14 miles away.
Beginning these challenges at the age of 69, Carole does find she is a bit different from the ‘norm’. She says she gets nervous about doing these events on her own, but ‘loves the buzz of being part of something and knowing that in doing what she does, she is helping so many cancer patients’.
She recalls a story where in Chicago, she was advised to give up the run as the weather was so hot. However, she was stopped by an American lady who noticed she was doing the run for Macmillan and told her that Macmillan had helped her father with his last wishes to return from the UK to the USA. ‘If anything was going to motivate me to keep going, this was it’.
Carole also says whenever she does a challenge for Macmillan she feels really looked after by Macmillan staff. ‘Whenever I get involved in any Macmillan challenge event, I feel a real sense of unity with everyone involved’. We are doing something important together as a community. I’ve also met some really interesting people too, but sadly we don’t tend to stay in touch long term as they are usually rather younger than me, so usually are on a different level’.
‘The feeling you get from being on the finishing line – it’s pride, the adrenalin, the whole gambit – it’s indescribable really. I can’t tell you how great if feels, not just being involved on the day, but the training you have to do to get to that point where you can go out and do it. I actually love the build up to it just as much as the event. Macmillan does such an amazing job to support so many people, I love that can be part of that and really do my bit to help.’