THE BIG PURPLE CHARITY BALL IN BEDFORD!
Saturday June 8th 2019
Bedford Corn Exchange, 7.30pm
READ GRAHAM’S STORY!
Just before midnight on the 22nd April 2017 John Sturge (our Dad) passed away after an extremely brave battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 10 Hours later I was on the start line of the London Marathon 2017, numb with emotion.
I stood there with his picture on my back, 3 balloons above my head (with John Sturge, Dad and Grandad on) and a massive hole in my heart.
I would not have made it around without the amazing support of the people around me, my family and friends along the route, Fran who saw me at 6 miles and got me running again for a couple of miles with her, Mike who caught up with me at mile 9 and then stayed with me until the finish line, the knowledge that Mum was at home watching wiling me to finish and that above me somewhere was Dad telling me not to give up.
I did however get to the end by running, jogging, walking, crying and at the finish line let the balloons that had watched over me for the 26,2 miles, go into the sky.
I have been extremely lucking that I can run and that the people I usually run with are amazing. Running has helped me deal with grief and given me something positive to focus on.
So, on the 1st anniversary of Dad’s passing to the day I again enter the streets of London to help raise awareness and money for this very underfunded charity for one of the most lethal cancers. It was a brutal race for me but once again my fellow runners along with the knowledge that Dad was watching over me got me through.
We now go into 2019 which where we would have been celebrating his 70th birthday but still celebrating his life.
Help raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer UK Charity!
Even if you can’t make it to the ball you can still be part of the journey. Every donation helps us get a small step closer preventing another family from suffering the same loss.