Michelle to run marathon to say thanks to charity

Michelle Black, and mother Teresa Black
Michelle Black, and mother Teresa Black

A WOMAN has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to say thank you to the charity which supported her mum through a difficult time.

Michelle Black, 34, of Marina, St Leonards, is to run the London Marathon in April to raise money for the Sara Lee Trust, after her mum Teresa, successfully battled cancer.

She said: “Mum wanted to give something back; they were phenomenal.”

Thirteen years ago, Teresa, 66, was treated three times for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

As part of the treatment she required a bone marrow transplant.

She went on to make a full recovery, and remains extremely grateful for the care and support given to her by the Sara Lee Trust, which included sessions of reflexology, acupuncture and massage.

She said: “I think it was a real lifeline for me to be honest, because it helped me cope with the treatment. They were superb.”

Michelle, a community nurse, is hoping to reach her fundraising target of £3,000.

She has been in training for the last six months, and has another six weeks to go.

Luckily she has had help from one friend who is a sports masseuse, and another who is a physiotherapist, along with support from her family.

“It is a real family effort,” she said. “They are all really supporting me with my training. I’m really nervous because I have got so much support and people investing lots of time.”

“But the real hero is mum - just how much she has had to fight to stay alive.”

The Sara Lee Trust was set up in memory of Sara Lee who died aged 32 from cancer.

It was Sara’s vision as a result of using complementary therapies during her two-year battle with cancer, that a trust be set up, to provide therapies free of charge, to people in Hastings and Rother, living through cancer and other serious illness.

To support Michelle in her fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/michelle-black3.

For information on the charity visit www.saraleetrust.org.