Purdis Farm: Marathon runner will be thinking of her grandmother during gruelling 26.2mile race

Tawnise Robinson of Purdis Farm who is running the marathon in memory of her grandmother

Tawnise Robinson of Purdis Farm who is running the marathon in memory of her grandmother - Credit: Archant

A FUNDRAISING enthusiast will take on a mammoth challenge in memory of her grandmother.

Tawnise Robinson has been busy training for next month’s Virgin London Marathon in the hope of raising vital funding for Macmillian Cancer Support. She said she was running in honour of her grandmother, Pamela Howes, who died on February 9 last year.

The runner, of Purdis Farm, Ipswich, said: “Granny was one of the lucky ones. She had family around her that not only loved her but adored her so when she fought breast cancer she had us to help keep her strong.”

Ms Robinson said she was taking on the challenge to help those who aren’t lucky enough to have a strong support network behind them.

Mrs Howes fought breast cancer three times over seven years and during that time had a breast removed.

She was free from cancer for nearly five years until she went into hospital with what she thought was a stomach ache, but was diagnosed as having cancer of the liver and pancreas.

Ms Robinson is hoping to raise anout £2,000 for the cause and has already raised about £1,500.

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A family disco is being held to boost the funds. The event on Saturday will include a sponsored hair shave and chest wax. There will also be a raffle, an auction, Easter egg prizes and face painting.

The event will be held at Kesgrave Social Club from 7pm until 11pm. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children. Tots under the age of three will get in for free. To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TawniseRobinson

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