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£1m raised and still going

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04 Jun 2018

Dedicated fundraiser Nicole Harris describes how she has been fundraising for thirty years - but she won’t stop there!

Nicole with her son Mark

“Seven weeks after my son Mark (pictured above on the right) was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1988, I organised the first fun run in Bromsgrove, which took place six weeks after Mark’s death. At that time, there were three children called Mark in the town with leukaemia so there was a real drive to help stop it happening to others and to find new treatments.

“Thirty years later, fundraising is a lifelong commitment for me. I’ve had so much support from friends and family, my French language students, and other people who have suffered from blood cancer – many of whom have become good friends.

“We have one event a month, with something for everyone and it seems to work. We passed our £1m mark in 2017 and today it’s already more than £20,000 higher.

Nicole Harris and fellow fundraiser Sue Knoll meet Calendar Girl Trish Stewart

Nicole Harris (far right) and fellow fundraiser Sue Knoll (centre) meet Calendar Girls Trish Stewart (left)

“I won’t stop there, though. Impossible is not a word in the French dictionary!

“I want to see even more fantastic results and help stop other children dying from leukaemia. I know that research is making progress all the time. It spurs me on and I love it when people with blood cancer come up to me to say thank you.

“This is my life now and although it hasn’t turned out the way I expected, it has made me stronger and more determined to keep going.”

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