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Legacy lives on for London Marathon Runner

A 23-year-old from Mid Wales is continuing the legacy of her nan and grandad by fundraising for Lingen Davies.

Shannon Walker, from Welshpool, signed up to run the London Marathon after spotting a post with an application form on LinkedIn – knowing it was following in the footsteps of her grandparents Sylvia and Tony Isaac.

“My grandad raised thousands of pounds for Lingen Davies along with his best friends Wynford Pugh and John Andrew in memory of lost loved ones helped by the charity during a cancer diagnosis,” she said.

“They used to do charity promise auctions and were very well known in the area for supporting this local charity.

“I have always wanted to do the marathon and I knew if I did it like this, for Lingen Davies, then I’d be carrying on their legacy and I want to make them proud.

“I have had so many people say they are really happy to donate as it’s a local charity and also lots of people who remember grandad, Wyn and John and all the fundraising they did. It’s been a great response so far.”

Shannon has raised £2,000 so far and her training is going well. She has always been a runner but doesn’t usually run this far and on April 21st she’ll be cheered on in London by three friends who are travelling with her from Welshpool.

“Lingen Davies did an amazing job and supported my Nan throughout her cancer treatment,” Shannon added.

“I am hoping to raise lots of money for the charity and the great work they do, I am also just very excited for the atmosphere and the feeling of finishing – hopefully!”

Karen Roberts, Fundraising and Volunteering Coordinator at Lingen Davies, said a huge thank you to Shannon for taking on this challenge.

“We’re always humbled by the efforts of people like Shannon who literally push themselves to the limits to fundraise and help those impacted by cancer in our community. A very big thank you to Shannon and all of our runners for taking on this epic challenge for Lingen Davies,” she said.

To sponsor Shannon visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/shannon-walker-london-marathon2024

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