Cricketers from Keynsham team up for race in memory of Sandra Wilton
Published on: 04 Mar 2016
Two brothers who lost their mother to pancreatic cancer last year are being joined by 17 other members of Keynsham Cricket Club as they run the Bath Half Marathon in her memory.
Sandra Wilton passed away in July 2015 just six weeks after being diagnosed with the disease and now the team of runners, including her sons Richard and Alex, are determined to raise awareness.
Richard said: “Alex and I were in complete shock when we found out mum had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“We immediately researched the disease and were upset to discover that she had presented with some symptoms, such as losing weight and stomach pains, six months before her diagnosis. More people, including GPs, need to be aware of the symptoms.”
The brothers’ friend Tom Bryan decided to sign up for the Bath Half, which takes place on Sunday, March 13, to help highlight the disease, which claims the lives of 26 people a day in the UK and has a survival rate of just four per cent.
Tom said: “I knew Richard and Alex’s mum Sandra since school. I didn’t know much about pancreatic cancer before she was diagnosed and I was unaware how awful the statistics are. I wanted to do something to raise awareness of this terrible disease so I signed up to do the Bath Half Marathon.
“Soon, 18 other school friends and members of the Keynsham Cricket Club had signed up!”
The group organised a race night on February 6 which raised more than £500 for Pancreatic Cancer Action and have collected sponsorship of more than £2,100 via their online fundraising page.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that patients can be offered surgery, currently the only cure.
Ali Stunt, pancreatic cancer survivor and founder of the charity, said: “We are delighted that members of the Keynsham Cricket Club are giving their time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like Tom, Alex and Rich to help us continue our vital work. Please back the team in their fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
People can support the team by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/KPCA .