Group in training for TCS London Marathon

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Four fantastic fundraisers are swapping Christmas stockings for running shoes as they embark on a training regime in preparation for April’s TCS London Marathon

Erin Hamilton, 19, and her partner Joshua Moran, 20, (pictured) are taking on the famous 26.2-mile course in aid of Brain Tumour Research. Erin’s mum and stepdad, Hannah Hamilton and Jonathan Smith, crossed the finish line for Brain Tumour Research in 2023 and are running again next year in aid of Brain Research UK. 

The group’s inspiration comes from Hannah’s father, Russell Shreeves, who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in April 2019 after weeks of suffering with headaches. Russell underwent a craniotomy followed by six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  

Russell died in December 2019, aged 64. 

Hannah said: “I know from my own experience how incredible the support was we got from Brain Tumour Research when dad was going through his cancer treatment. It not only gave us support with the fundraising events we were organising but emotional support too. This is our way of giving back.” 

The group has ambitions to raise an incredible £20,000. In addition to asking for donations for their marathon efforts, they organised a Christmas raffle with cash prizes on offer. Planning is also underway for a charity golf day being held at Bedfordshire Golf Club on 18th April.  

Hannah, whose previous fundraisers included a race night and a dance in the barn festival event, added: “As a group, we’re aiming to raise £20,000 but hopefully we’ll get a lot more than that. We’re very fortunate to be able to run events like this and have the support to raise this kind of money. Long may it continue.” 

To support Erin and Josh marathon fundraising, please donate via their JustGiving page

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