Four pupils from Bolton High School will be taking on the BUPA Great Manchester Run on Sunday 15 May to raise money for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Georgie Wallis, Jess Unsworth, Abbie Palmer and Mel Pye will all be running the 10-kilometre event in support of their school friend Ellie Harding, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in January this year. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Ellie’s diagnosis came as a devastating shock to her school friends and, despite not being keen runners, the four girls are determined to support Ellie by raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Georgie, 15, says: "The challenge is way out of our comfort zone but nothing compared to what Ellie is going through; it is a great way to support the charity and our friend."
Together the friends have already reached their target of £2,000, with donations coming in from as far as Australia. They are now aiming to raise as much money as possible towards the charity’s lifesaving research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia and all other blood cancers.
Georgie’s mum, Alison Cannon, is very proud of the girls. She says: "This is an issue they’ve never really faced before but they’ve responded fantastically to it."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: "Good luck to all the girls, the Great Manchester Run is a fantastic challenge to take on. Every penny they raise will mean more lives saved from blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
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Support the girls by visiting their justgiving page.