Bromsgrove woman runs London marathon for cancer charity

MARATHON SUCCESS: Bromsgrove resident Raj Kaur who took part in the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. SP

MARATHON SUCCESS: Bromsgrove resident Raj Kaur who took part in the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. SP

First published in Local

A BROMSGROVE woman who was inspired to run the London Marathon for her sister who successfully fought cancer, has raised thousands for charity.

Raj Kaur, who lives in the town, participated in the 26-mile challenge on April 13, completing it in a time of four hours, 37 minutes.

The 27-year-old works for Npower and took part to raise money for the company's employee challenge, which involves staff completing 10 challenges throughout 2014 to mark 10 years of Npower supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.

NPower offered to double any money so overall Raj managed to raise £2,696.

Raj said: "When I was 16 years old, my eldest sister was diagnosed with cancer and thankfully she made a full recovery.

"Macmillan provide brilliant support to those affected by cancer, and that’s why the very first half-marathon I ran was in aid of Macmillan, and why I’ll continue supporting them – just as they support others.

Raj described the London Marathon as the toughest challenge she had ever done.

"I did question my sanity at times and I ‘hit-a-wall’ twice at 19 and 23 miles," she said.

"The pain was immense but I’m delighted I completed it.”

Clare McDougall, head of community at Npower, said: “We’re delighted that Raj achieved her goal.

"Her enthusiasm for Macmillan and how she continually sets challenges for herself is commendable.

“Jointly with Macmillan, we created the Fuel Management Programme to help people affected by cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

"We hope that the scheme helps to alleviate some of the pressures."

There is still time to sponsir Raj by visiting her fundraising website justgiving.com/Rajwinder-Kaur.

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