Hollie runs marathon in memory of dad

Hollie Savage - on her way round the marathon course. EMN-150428-144326001

Hollie Savage - on her way round the marathon course. EMN-150428-144326001

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A former Kesteven and Sleaford High School pupil completed the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday raising £4,233 for charity in memory of her father who died from leukaemia.

Hollie Savage, 23, who moved to Lincolnshire when she was 13 and attended the school until she was 18, smashed her £2,000 fundraising target and completed the course in a time of 4 hours and 41 minutes.

The money raised will go to blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Hollie said: “It was the best experience, and knowing I was running for an amazing charity that is helping to beat blood cancer and keep families together longer kept me going the whole way. Seeing my mum and sister around the course was very emotional. They have been so strong through everything, and I did this for them too. Wherever Dad is, I know he was looking down and cheering me on with a pint in his hand.”

Her father, Gary Savage, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on April 28, 2010 after being referred to hospital following a blood test. He started chemotherapy and was placed on a trial drug, but he developed multiple infections. Sadly, in the early hours of May 29, that same year, Gary passed away aged 53.

Matt Lawley, head of sports events at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said: “What an achievement by Hollie. She and our team of runners have put us on target to raise £250,000 from this year’s event, which is just staggering. Every penny they have raised for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer, stop people from dying and make patients’ lives better.”

To support Hollie visit www.justgiving.com/Hollie
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Disabled Sleaford teenage athlete Joel James took part in the 5km mini marathon for young wheelchair users.

Joel, 14, who suffers from cerebral palsy, finished second in his age group and recorded a personal best time for 18mins 4secs. This is his personal best and seven minutes quicker than he did it last year.

Mum Karen James said: “It was a fantastic day.”

Friends Sally Foston, 38, of Leasingham and Amy Leader, 31, of Sleaford Sally Foston, 38, both finished the run in 5hours 52mins, aching but extremely pleased to have raised £2,500 between them so far for Children With Cancer and Baby Lifeline. They hope to raise another £500 with another event.

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