First London Marathon by Grantham woman in memory of friend’s son

Julie Gilbert.
Julie Gilbert.
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A 45-year-old is running her first London Marathon in memory of her friend’s eight-year-old son, who sadly passed away from lymphoma in October.

The run will be particularly poignant, as when Julie Gilbert from Cliffe Road, Gonerby Hill Foot sets off from the starting line on April 26, it will be a year since her friend’s son Adam Parker was diagnosed.

Adam Parker.

Adam Parker.

Adam began an intensive course of chemotherapy, but passed away on October 28 aged just eight.

Julie Gilbert, who for 16 years worked with Adam’s mum at the Grantham branch of Halifax, has decided to raise moneny for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

“Throughout Adam’s illness, CLIC Sargent gave the family tremendous support and will continue to be involved in their lives for as long as they are needed,” explained Julie.

“Adam knew I had been offered a marathon place and once asked me if I was going to go round the course just once!”

Adam’s parents, Carl and Julie, are going down to London to cheer her on, along with other friends and family of the fund-raiser, whose longest run up until now has been a 10k event.

Julie added: “It will be very emotional as it will be a year on marathon weekend that Adam was first diagnosed but we are all determined to do him proud.”

In addition Julie is holding a bake sale this Friday, April 10, at the Grantham Halifax, who are also contributing £500.

Moreover she will be holding a bucket collection at Grantham Town FC during their game against Ilkeston on April 11.

You can also donate through Julie’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/julie2015 or by text to 70070 by texting JGLM69 followed by £ and the amount you wish to donate.