Hollie spurred on by memory of her father

Happy times. Hollie Savage with dad Gary. EMN-150316-164706001

Happy times. Hollie Savage with dad Gary. EMN-150316-164706001

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A former Kesteven and Sleaford High School pupil is preparing to take part in the Virgin London Marathon in memory of her dad who died from leukaemia.

Hollie Savage, 23, will be running in aid of blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Hollie, who moved to Lincolnshire when she was 13 and attended the High School until she was 18, is hoping to raise £2,000 to help beat blood cancer after her dad died from acute myeloid leukaemia just one month from diagnosis.

Gary Savage was diagnosed with the disease on April 28, 2010 . He started chemotherapy and was placed on a trial drug, but he developed multiple infections. Sadly, in the early hours of May 29, Gary passed away, aged 53.

Hollie, who was in the middle of sitting her A-levels at the time, said: “It hit us all incredibly hard.

“I guess it was one of those times when it didn’t seem real. My younger sister and I lost our dad, and mum lost her husband, her soul mate.

“His funeral was on the Friday and my first exam was on the following Monday. Everything happened so quickly it was a blur.

“The exams kept my mind on things though, which was one good thing. I carried on as I knew that is what dad would have wanted me to do. I had to make him proud.

“Five years on and it is the simple things I miss. I still think he will walk through the front door and tell me how I can’t watch the latest reality show as Spurs are on TV.

“If the money I can raise, with the generosity and support of family and friends, can help Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research find better treatments and cures for this disease, that is all I can ask.”

The marathon takes place on April 26.

To support Hollie visit www.justgiving.com/Hollie-Savage2