Macclesfield woman to run her first ever London Marathon for cancer charity

By Alex Greensmith

18th Apr 2024 | Local News

Best of luck Kim, you've got this! (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)
Best of luck Kim, you've got this! (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

A Macclesfield resident will run her first ever marathon this weekend.

Kim Davies will run the London Marathon on Sunday, raising vital funds for a cancer charity.

Macclesfield Nub News spoke to Kim ahead of this Sunday's 26.2-mile run.

"I have lived in Macclesfield all my life," said Kim.

"I am a young people's counsellor and work at the Macclesfield youth charity Just Drop In.

"This weekend, I will run the London Marathon, it is the first-time I have done a marathon before.

Kim with her daughter Ali, who was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma.

"I have run a couple of half marathons. One of the one was a fundraiser for Maggie's [who are also a cancer charity]. For that, I raised over £3700."

This time around, Kim wants to fundraise £2000 for Sarcoma UK.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that form in the bones and soft tissues. Sarcoma UK funds vital research and provides information or support to anyone affected by sarcoma.

"I am running for sarcoma as Ali my daughter was diagnosed at the age of 24," revealed Kim.

"Ali had a Ewing sarcoma which is a very rare type of bone cancer."

The former Ryles Park High and Macclesfield College student, who has also worked as a teaching assistant for King's Macclesfield, is grateful for the community's support in her latest charity crowdfunder.

"I am overwhelmed by the support we have had both financially and emotionally," told Kim.

"We are really grateful to everyone that's donated so far. The support is amazing, but Ali is pretty amazing!

Kim in her Sarcoma UK running top.

"Thank you to everyone for their donations."

As of publication, Kim has raised a whopping £1863, with 61 generous people from Macclesfield and beyond donating money.

You too can do so on this link.

According to Sarcoma UK, every day, 15 people are diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK. That's about 5,300 people a year. Sarcoma UK has been contacted for comment.

Kim is not the only Macclesfield resident taking on the London Marathon this weekend.

Other Maxonians taking on the London Marathon include Louise Jennings, who is running for Cardiac Risk in the Young, Harry Newton, who is running for East Cheshire Hospice, Lynne Graves who is running for The Alzheimer's Society and six runners for Sutton good cause The Rossendale Trust.

Click the red link above or below this image to donate to Kim's Sarcoma UK fundraiser. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

Kerry Reeves-Kneip, Director of Communications and Fundraising at Sarcoma UK, said: "We are enormously grateful to Kim for her efforts to raise money for Sarcoma UK and will be cheering her on every step of the 26-mile journey on Sunday.

"Currently we are funding several research projects that will hopefully help to improve diagnosis and develop new and more effective treatments for Ewing sarcoma, the type of sarcoma that her daughter Ali was diagnosed with. Sarcoma UK works to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sarcoma cancers and increase research to improve early detection and develop new treatments.

"Our support line is also open for anyone affected by sarcoma who would like to speak to our specialist support staff. They can be reached at: https://sarcoma.org.uk/support/"

     

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