Marathon Countdown: Louisa's Story

29 Mar 2017

We begin our countdown to the London Marathon with… Louisa Haines

Louisa is running in memory of her mum, who sadly died when she was eight, and her aunt who passed away when she was 17.


“Being bereaved as a child is a massive thing,” she said. “Fundraising in their memory is something I’ve always planned to do.”

And Louisa’s fundraising for us dates back nearly 20 years, to when she was just eight years old, shortly after her mum died. Along with funds raised at her mum’s funeral, she kindly donated money from her piggy-bank that helped to fund equipment at St Bartholomew’s Hospital for measuring and weighing materials used in research.

Her emotional connection to the hospitals we support is strengthened even further, too:  “I also have a personal special affinity with your group of hospitals as I was a month premature baby so I had to be in your intensive care unit at Whipps Cross; I only weighted 3lb.15 ounces, I was in an incubator and my heart stopped once.”

With the funds raised, Louisa will donate to our cancer research fund, helping to find new treatments and provide better care for patients with cancer and she'll also be supporting Winston’s Wish.

We wish Louisa all the very best for her run, and a huge thank you for all she’s done and is doing for us.

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