Guernsey branch of cancer support charity benefits from Marathon run

May 8th, 2012 by Saffery Champness

Compliance Director at Saffery Champness Lorna O’Donnell completed the Virgin London marathon to raise money for children’s cancer support charity, CLIC Sargent.

Ms O’Donnell took up running about three years ago and was inspired to run the marathon by the son of a colleague who has been fighting leukaemia with support from CLIC.

“CLIC Sargent were a great help to the family during his illness and I wanted to do something to help this worthy charity,” she said.

She completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 39 minutes and 18 seconds in a CLIC vest complete with Guernsey flag and donkey.

The charity had supporter areas around the route and because her name was on her vest she received lots of encouragement from the crowds.

The fundraising total currently stands at £3,985 and that is without the contribution from Saffery.

The local fiduciary and fund services firm applies ‘The X Factor’ to any fundraising completed by staff by doubling their efforts which means a total of £8,800 will go to CLIC Sargent.

Saffery Champness Managing Director Kelvin Hudson hopes the money will make a big impact in the Bailiwick.

“We are all very proud of Lorna. She has worked really hard and although the race was a big challenge it was for such a worthwhile cause. I’m also very pleased that her colleagues have supported her with all her fundraising efforts, including standing outside local supermarkets with collecting tins in their spare time.

“Lorna has arranged for the funds to be deployed locally, despite it being a national charity, so island families will feel the benefit,” he said.

CLIC Sargent is a national charity helping children with cancer and their families.

There is a local branch of the charity which supports Bailiwick children on-island and in the UK.

They raise funds for CLIC Haven, a ‘home from home’ which offers free accommodation to families while their child is undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital.


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