A Berwick woman will be raising money for a local cancer charity when she takes part in the Great North Run on Sunday.
Emma Jefferson is taking on the 13.1 mile challenge in aid of the Berwick and District cancer Support Group to mark the 10th anniversary since the death of her mum’s partner Stevie Wallace.
Stevie, who was a salmon fisherman on the River Tweed, sadly passed away on March 9, 2003, two days after his 49th birthday after a courageous battle with cancer.
Emma, 32, said: “This year was the 10th anniversary of his death and I wanted to do something to remember him by....he would have loved the thought of me running 13.1 miles for him and a local charity!
“Stevie was my mum, Nicola Faragher’s, partner. He also has a son Luke Wallace and two daughters Emma Wallace and Morgana Wallace as well as me and my brother, Christopher Jefferson in his life, we all miss him terribly.”
It will be the third consecutive year that Emma has taken part in the half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields - in 2011 she ran for Breast Cancer Care and in 2012 for the Great North Air Ambulance.
“This year I would like to give something back to my hometown,” she explained. “There is a lot of fundraising going on for various charities in Berwick at the moment and donations are not as easy to come by this year so I am reaching out to a wider audience to help me raise as much money as I can.”
“The Berwick & District Cancer Support Group are a godsend. They support cancer patients every step of the way but their main service is to provide a car (which runs mainly on donations and totally on volunteer time) taking patients to and from hospital for treatment/appointments.
“Not a lot of people know that the nearest hospital for the treatment of cancer is 60 miles away, a 120 mile round trip, so the car provided by the Berwick and District Cancer Support Group takes the stress off patients ever have to worry about travelling to and from their appointments again.”
Emma moved to a farm on the outskirts of Kirkpatrick Fleming, near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire, 18 months ago.
She works as an office administrator for Lamont Pridmore, an accountancy firm in Carlisle, but also helps out on her boyfriend farmer’s farm.
“I’ve been training for the run week nights at the Sands Centre which is the gym beside my office and in the summer months my training has also included running round the fields rounding up the cows and horses and also chasing the stray hens back into the sheds at night. My boyfriend has 32,000 free range hens, they can take a lot of chasing!”
She is aiming for a time of about two hours 30 minutes but admits she prefers to take her time and soak up the event’s renowned atmosphere.
“The atmosphere is amazing; I’d highly recommend it to anyone thinking about it.”