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When Francesca began thinking about her 40th birthday, she wasn’t thinking about where to host her party or what she wanted as a present. She was deciding which four marathons she should take on before the big day hits to raise money for Lingen Davies.

“Sadly, cancer touches all our lives and I know friends, family, neighbours and colleagues who have all received excellent cancer care from our local NHS hospitals and who have no doubt benefitted from the equipment which the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund has been able to provide.  That said there is still so much more that can be done to improve diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, prolong lives and the grass-roots, local fundraising of charities such as Lingen Davies is vital to improving outcomes for patients in Shropshire and Mid-Wales.”

Francesca first took part in the London Marathon via her local running club, the Shropshire Shufflers, in 2015, raising money for Lingen Davies along with other charities. Looking ahead to 2016, Francesca decided she wanted to try and go not one better or even two better. “I want to go three better!”

So, in 2016, Francesca completed not only the London Marathon, this time as an official part of #teamLD, but also marathons in Paris, New York and Berlin! She raised an amazing £6186.93 and had some fantastic experiences along the way.

“New York was the highlight of the whole thing. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world – the last time I was there was when I was celebrating my 30th birthday and pregnant with my daughter and if you had asked me then whether I would be able to run one marathon, never mind four in the same year I would have laughed in your face – it was amazing to go back 10 years later and look back on how much I have achieved over the last decade and especially in the last year with my fundraising efforts for Lingen Davies.”

Francesca is a regular runner and has given talks to her running club about her marathon experiences, as well as running her own festive running challenge fundraiser!

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Meet The Lewis and Jones Family from Llanfyllin

The Lewis and Jones family are a creative bunch, who put in a real team effort to support Lingen Davies. They’ve been fundraising for us since 2014 and their most recent event, an auction, raised over £10,000! They are never short of new ideas to raise money and awareness of the charity in their Mid-Wales community.

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