Cash raised from Fiona Storey’s run in Paris to go to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of mum Janet
A mum of two is to run the Paris Marathon in memory of her mum who twice beat cancer before dying of the disease in 2013.
Fiona Storey said the memory of her mum Janet Maidment (nee Holland) was giving her the strength to take part in the run.
Mrs Maidment died from cancerous meningitis aged 70 and received a lot of help from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mrs Story, who will be is raising money for the charity with the run on April 12, said her mum had lived in Wickham Market all her life.
As well as living locally Mrs Maidment was a big Ipswich Town fan, holding a season ticket for many years and following the team through its most recent adventures in European competitions.
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The 31-year-old, who lives in Sheffield with her husband and two sons, grew up in Suffolk and initially wanted to run the London Marathon but couldn’t get a place.
Now she says her training is going well and is prepared for the trip to France.
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“I did a half-marathon in August and that began my training,” Mrs Storey said. “I joined a running club and I run about for times a week.
“Training is quite rigorous and mentally very challenging so unless it’s something you find easy you do need to find strength from somewhere. I get it from my mum”
On choosing to do a marathon she added: “It is just something I always wanted to do. I haven’t been to France for years so it will be as much a sightseeing trip as a run for me.”
Mrs Storey also said the help her family got from Macmillan was invaluable.
“Macmillan supported mum with breast cancer years ago and at the end when we were desperate and we didn’t feel we had anyone it was Macmillan that offered us support when we needed it.”
Mrs Storey is collecting money on her just giving page www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Storey1 and has almost hit her £1,000 target.
With the £700 raised from her half-marathon last year and sponsorship pledged on paper forms Mrs Storey hopes to raise around £2,000 in total.