On Sunday 17 April, Nigel Johnson and his sixteen year old daughter Amy from Sleaford, will be taking part in their first ever 10K run to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Nigel’s mum, Julie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after being admitted to hospital following chronic stomach pains in 1994. The devastating news that it was terminal came as a huge shock to all the family.
Nigel says: "It was mum’s Macmillan Nurse Judy who was able to help us make sense of everything. She was always there; a shoulder to cry on, someone to help make a cup of tea when we simply couldn’t function at all. But most of all give us practical, medical and professional advice. Judy was a friend when we needed it most."
As Julie’s illness worsened, it was Judy that helped Nigel’s mum obtain her disability allowance, so that she could in turn get a mobility car and continue to get around, feel less isolated and more independent.
Nigel says: "Having one less thing to worry about such as financial concerns was so important for our family, particularily as mum had to give up her work because she was so ill."
In 2014, £634,901 in unclaimed benefits was identified for local people in Lincolnshire by the Macmillan Support Line.
787 people from Lincolnshire received Macmillan Grants totalling nearly £135,000 to help with things like heating costs, fuel and clothing.
In 2000, Amy Johnson spent her one and only holiday with her Grandma before she sadly passed away. Being only a few months old, Amy has no memory of this special time, but Amy and her dad Nigel look back on the photos with much love and affection.
Nigel says: "Again, it was Judy our Macmillan nurse who was able to help make it possible. To make sure mum had the right care and attention whilst we were away."
When signing up to take part in this year’s Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K it was Amy that was insistent that they did it to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Amy said “"I am running the City of Lincoln 10K for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my grandma who passed away late 2000 when I was only 11 months old. I don't remember much of her but I know that Macmillan really helped her and I know the money my dad and I raise will help others just like my grandma."
Tanya Taylor, local Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “I can’t wait to cheer Nigel and Amy over the finish line. The Lincoln 10K is just such a fantastic event. The people, the atmosphere, it’s an amazing experience and great fun. I know it’s Nigel and Amy’s first 10K and they won’t be looking to break any records but you know, it’s not when you finish – its why and in Nigel’s and Amy’s case they will be making his mum proud and saying thankyou to a very very special lady, Judy their Macmillan Nurse."
Macmillan’s aim is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer within their local community. If you would like to support Nigel and Amy please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Nige-Johnson/
If you’re interested in getting involved with the City of Lincoln 10K either by running or cheering visit macmillan.org.uk/Lincoln 10k To find out more about Fundraising for Macmillan in Lincolnshire please contact Tanya Taylor on 07595 091659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has questions about cancer can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm or by visiting macmillan.org.uk