MORE than 40 runners will lace up their trainers and hit the streets for this year’s Worcester City Run races in memory of a four-year-old Crowle girl who passed away from a rare form of cancer.
A total of 41 runners have signed up so far to take part in the event’s 10K and half marathon events on Sunday, September 16 in support of Worcester-based charity, the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust.
The cause was set up in memory of Grace Elizabeth Kelly who passed away in November 2014 from a rare form of childhood cancer called malignant rhabdoid tumour.
Trust chiefs are working to help save the lives of other children and young people with cancer by funding research, providing education, raising awareness and working towards an earlier diagnosis for children with cancer and offering support to families.
This is the second year the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust has had a presence at the Worcester City Run after 27 runners cross the finishing line in 2017, raising nearly £10,000 in the process.
The 2018 team, which includes family members of a young boy from Worcestershire who was diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of the charity’s awareness cards, aim to at least equal last year’s fund-raising total this time around.
Grace’s mum, Jennifer is trust director and completed the Worcester City Half Marathon last year.
“When Grace passed away, she left behind a legacy, which was a wish to help others. That legacy, through the awareness raising and educational resources provided by the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, is helping to save lives.
“The Worcester City Run offers a fantastic fund-raising opportunity for us and we’re really looking forward to the 2018 event with an amazing team of 41 runners already confirmed.
“Last year was the first time that the charity had runners in the event, and we were bowled over by the support that we received, both in terms of funds raised and around the streets of the city on the day of the event.
“The Worcester City Half Marathon and 10K hold particular significance for us because Worcester was the city where Grace was born and raised, so to be able to have this number of people running in her memory on the streets she knew is wonderful,” she added.
Entries for this year’s events are now open.
Visit www.worcestercityrun.com for more information or uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/gkltworcestercity10kandhalf to support the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust runners in their fund-raising bid.
For more information on the trust visit www.gracekellyladybird.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org