Fundraising teenager hopes to pay cancer charities the cost of her mum's treatment

Holly aims to raise the cost of her mum's cancer treatment in memory of her fundraising hero at the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 14th October.

Holly Harper, 19, is determined to raise money for cancer charities in the memory of her fundraising hero mum at the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 14th October.

Holly - who lives in the Lake District with her Dad, sister and dog - is hoping to raise the equivalent cost of her mum’s cancer treatment for a number of cancer charities by competing in a series of endurance challenges culminating at the Yorkshire Marathon.

Originally, the Harper family had hoped to raise this money together after Holly’s Mum, Zoe Harper, had recovered from her cancer treatment. However, on 24th June 2017, Holly’s mum passed away, placing the fundraising baton in the hands of her two daughters’ – Holly and Lori.

Holly’s determined approach to reaching this fundraising goal has been nothing short of remarkable. Speaking to Run For All, she said: “It is my goal to take the fundraising baton from mum and achieve this for her.”

“Earlier this year, I set myself the challenge of completing three half marathons in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle to be followed by the Yorkshire Marathon to help raise money for cancer charities close to my family’s heart.”

Sheffield Hallam Nutrition student, Holly, has already managed to raise a staggering £3000 for Cancer Research UK, The Yorkshire Laser Trust, and Macmillan through her running challenges.


Speaking to Holly, it was clear that each of the charities had played a vital role in her Mum’s treatment and provided support for her family in the darkest hours.

“The Macmillan nurses were great company for mum in her final weeks, especially during the times we couldn't be there and I am so very grateful of that" said Holly.

“We also chose to raise money for the Yorkshire Laser trust because it is currently pioneering the use of photodynamic therapy as a treatment of cancer and other life threatening conditions - mum received treatment here.

“And we also felt it was important to support the work of charities like Cancer Research UK because without them we may never reach a cure for this disease.”

Holly is no stranger to running and fundraising, having completed her first marathon at the mere age of 18 raising money for Cancer Research and the Yorkshire Laser Trust at the Greater Manchester Marathon in 2017.

“I got into long distance running when I was 17 and immediately set my sights on running a full marathon one day.

“My Manchester Marathon training was rather haphazard due to rehabbing a pesky case of patellar tendonitis from the year before. But knowing it was likely to be the last race mum would be able to see I was determined to finish it.

“I ran straight into her arms at the end, we were both overwhelmed with tears, she was so proud. I will remember that moment and that feeling for the rest of my life.”

The 2018 Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon is now sold out, however, runners can still be part of the festival feeling at the Asda Yorkshire 10 Mile event. Learn more about the 2018 Yorkshire 10 Mile.

You can support Holly on her Just Giving pages for Cancer Research, Macmillan and Yorkshire Laser Trust.

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