Eight year old Amy Lloyd recently put her best foot forward by running a 5k to raise money for Willowbrook Hospice which cared for her nan, Joan Durrans.
Joan was originally admitted to the Hospice in October 2010 with a complicated secondary cancer (liver, stomach, intestinal), having previously been treated and cleared of skin cancer and latterly, breast cancer. Unfortunately, the severity of the cancer meant treatment wasn’t an option but after a few difficult weeks she managed to go home for Christmas, returning to Willowbrook in early February 2011 where she sadly passed away on the 18th April 2011 aged just 52.
Amy said: “When I was 2 my nanny fell ill and had to go to hospital. She was very poorly and could not come home. She had to go to a special place called Willowbrook Hospice. The nurses and doctors there were lovely. They looked after her for a long time until she went to the sky.
“I really wanted to raise some money to help the special people at Willowbrook help other people who need them so I set myself a ‘sofa to 5k’ challenge. Even though it was cold and a bit snowy, I did the 5k in 40 minutes and 10 seconds and raised £256 for Willowbrook.”
Amy’s mum, Laura said: “The team at Willowbrook were amazing with both Joan and the rest of our family – nothing was too much trouble and everyone was so supportive.
“We are incredibly proud of Amy and her determination to complete the run in memory of her deeply missed Nan. We just kept telling her that Nanny was watching and she’d be so proud of her.”
Diane Swann, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook paid tribute to Amy, “It’s fantastic that at such a young age Amy already understands the importance of supporting Willowbrook and how the money she’s raised can make such a difference to people who need us.
“Amy is a real credit to her family and on behalf of Willowbrook, I’d like to congratulate her not only on completing the 5K but also for raising such an incredible amount of money for us.”
For more information on how to get involved in raising money for Willowbrook, please visit: www.willowbrook.org.uk
Main photo – Amy with Willowbrook’s Senior Fundraiser Diane Swann