Hatfield House Willow 10k race this weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:05 07 October 2011 | UPDATED: 17:17 07 October 2011

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RACE week has arrived – and thanks to media partners the Welwyn Hatfield Times and Jack FM, 500 runners and walkers have signed up to take part and raise funds for the Willow Foundation.

Among the throng of runners on the day will be 10 special day beneficiaries and loved ones taking part, including Ray Holmes.

Like many of those who have had a special day, he and his family have gone on to support the charity to ensure that others can experience a life-enhancing special day.

He said: “Firstly, to all of you taking part; a big thanks for raising funds for this wonderful charity. Willow sprinkles a bit of sunshine during darker times and every pound you raise is a pound the charity wouldn’t have had if you didn’t do what you’re doing.

“I was first introduced to Willow in 2009, while undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. The nurse said a special day would give me something to look forward to during the intense treatment required.

“My wife and I settled on the idea of a midweek Christmas break at Center Parcs, a chance for our, then, three-year-old son to get his dad back.

“My eyes fill up thinking of the memories of the great times and happiness we felt at being a family again without the baggage.

“In 2010 I took part in a drive around Europe and this year I completed my first London marathon in 4hrs 11mins.

“Other charities may fund research into cures, but sadly people suffering today may not benefit. With Willow, those going through treatment now can have a wonderful memory for them and their families to share.

“Willow is my chosen charity, I hope they’ll be yours too.

“I look forward to seeing you at the race. Good luck!”


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