Leading accountancy firm Moore Thompson is calling on members of the community across the East of England to get behind one of its team members who is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust by taking part in the London Marathon.
Audit and Accounts Manager, Emma Wilson, is making her final preparations to take part in this year’s 26-mile London Marathon on 22 April 2018, which she will be running in memory of her best friend and little sister Louise – known to the family as Scooby.
Having already raised more than £3,650, she is calling on her friends, colleagues and members of the local community to get behind her.
Her sister, Louise, was fit and healthy up until January 2014 when she was diagnosed with a Pineoblastoma – a type of brain tumour.
Initially, she was told she would have just six months to live but was referred to Nottingham’s City Hospital, where she had an intense course of Radiotherapy.
Undergoing treatment every day for six weeks, travelling between Spalding and Nottingham, the tumour shrunk considerably. During this time, Louise received help from the Teenage Cancer Trust unit.
Talking about the charity which she is raising money for in London, Emma said: “Until Lou became poorly, I’d never had any experience of the amazing work and the incredible support this charity offers. Not just to young people, but also to their families.
“Lou spent many nights in hospital and while she hated being there, the Teenage Cancer Trust made her feel welcome and less scared.
“I really hope the money I raise will continue to support teenagers affected by cancer and their families, which is why I need people to dig deep and donate.”
Thanks to the help of the Teenage Cancer Trust and the hospital, Louise’s condition continued to improve.
Unfortunately, in September 2016 the cancer had started growing again in her spine and then appeared in her lungs.
In December 2016 the cancer had spread. Emma said: “Nobody had made it this far before but Lou was determined to enjoy every day of her life and help us create wonderful memories, despite only being given weeks to live.”
Just weeks before passing away Louise got married to her long-time love Lee in January 2017.
“All her family and friends were together celebrating, having a whale of a time and it was almost as if Lou’s illness had been forgotten,” said Emma.
On 12 April 2017, Louise passed away and from that date on her sister Emma has been keen to support the Teenage Cancer Trust in whatever way she could.
Mark Hildred, Managing Partner at Moore Thompson, said: “We are also so touched by Emma’s story and her determination to raise money for this fantastic cause.
“Everyone during their life will be affected in one way or another by cancer, so we are calling on people to support Emma in whatever way they can.”
If you would like to make a donation to Emma’s London Marathon run, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Emma.Wilson