CHARITY runner, Tina Saville from South Ockendon, will be running St. Luke’s Hospice Hero Fun Run again this year – joined by her 10 year old son Freddie in his first official run;
Tina explains ‘’ My sister Kara passed away 3 years ago, from an aggressive form of inflammatory Breast Cancer. She first discovered a lump in her breast in October 2014, was diagnosed in November and passed away in June 2015. This happened so quickly that, as a family, it hit us hard. My sister was only 43 and until then was fit and healthy.
Kara was my inspiration to start running, as she was a truly amazing, caring and loving person. So in January 2016 I started running every Saturday morning at Thurrock Parkrun in the hope she would have been proud of me!
Previously to losing my sister, we had lost our Mum in 2007 to Lung Cancer, again hers was a very short illness. So, I now do what I can to raise cancer awareness, entering different events, challenging myself and fundraising in their memory. I also post on social media and support cancer awareness days in whatever way I can.
Last year I ran the St. Luke’s superhero run, at Lake Meadows, dressed as ‘Super Girl’, because ‘Super Girl’ is called Kara, which was my sisters name and I wanted Kara to be with me. My Sister-in-Law Suzanne also entered an ran with me, we had such an amazing, fun time.
The Superhero Run is very much a family event, where everyone is having fun whether they run, jog, or just walk. Most people dressed up as superheroes, wore a superhero themed top, headband or badge but others didn’t – the thing is it really didn’t matter, everyone felt part of the event. We followed the run with a family picnic in the park.
This year I am pleased that my son Freddie, wants to run with me and help raise funds for the Hospice. I am dressing up as ‘Wonder Woman’ and Freddie has chosen to be ‘Flash’. He is very excited and looking forward to running with me in his costume. I have set-up a Just Giving Fundraising Page for Freddie so all of our family and friends will be sponsoring him and helping St. Luke’s. My sister in law is not entering this year as she is pregnant but she will be there cheering us both on ’’.
Freddie’s aim is to raise £500 for St Lukes. He said on his JustGiving page ‘’I hope you can spare a couple of shiny coins to help me reach my target, every penny raised will go to such a good cause, so St. Luke’s Hospice can help other people just like my Auntie Kara and Nannie in their final days, please help me’
You can sponsor Freddie on his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tina-saville1
Joanne Lucas, who is the event organiser at St. Luke’s Hospice said ‘’As well as being lots of fun this is an ideal ‘first run’ and a great introduction for anyone to event running or keeping fit as a family, as under 5’s can enter free!. The course is fairly even and being 5K (3.1miles) it’s not too taxing, runners are also chip timed so even those who are looking to challenge themselves or want to aim for a personal best can take part.
All together it adds up to a fun Sunday morning event where, whatever your level of running is, you won’t feel left out. It costs around £15,000 to keep all Hospice services operating for 24 hours. We are extremely grateful for every penny raised by Tina, Freddie and all runners at this event which will go directly to help the Hospice keep services running in the local area’’
St. Lukes Superhero Fun Run, sponsored by Burkett Long Solicitors, is taking place on Sunday 5th August 11.30am start, at Lake Meadows Billericay. Details and on line registering can be found on www.stlukeshospice.com