Two friends whose mothers have both been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last year crossed the line together at the Race for Life and raised more than £1700 for Cancer Research UK.
Polly Atherton and Sophia Tucker have been best friends for eight years, and have grown even closer after both of their mums were diagnosed with breast cancer within six months of each other.
The nineteen year olds said: “It is pretty unheard of for best friends in such a short space of time. Without the advancements that cancer research have made in recent years, the prognosis for our mums might not have been so good.”
Having run together at Grantham Athletic Club for the past seven years, the girls decided to take part in the Leicester Race for Life on July 6, and crossed the line in joint sixth place with a time of 23 minutes and 30 seconds.
As impressive as their time is the money they have raised, with a total so far in excess of £1700, nearly six times their original target of £300.
One of their 86 donations came from BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Nikki Campbell who promised to help them over the £1000 mark after Sophia’s dad rang into his ‘Your Call’ show on July 4.
Polly and Sophia have thanked all those who have supported them so far, and donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/pollysophia