Willow 10k: Runner recalls how charity ‘gave us all a new focus’
PUBLISHED: 10:15 01 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 01 October 2013
A RUNNER preparing to tackle the Willow Foundation 10k on Sunday has told the Welwyn Hatfield Times how he was inspired to raise money for it by the death of his brother.
Liam Sale, 30, of Tonbridge in Kent, will be one of hundreds tackling a 10km course through the grounds of Hatfield House on October 6, raising funds for special days out for seriously ill young adults.
His brother Adam, who died in 2006 at just 25 from a rare form of cancer, was offered a family day out to Monkey World in the New Forest by the foundation.
Liam told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Adam was too ill to go on the special day, and he died just two weeks later.
“Even though he did not get to enjoy the day out, just planning it and having it to look forward to gave us all a new focus and something to think about.
“The Willow Foundation really is an amazing charity.”
Liam has been running the Willow 10k for four years, along with his father and a team of family and friends that will grow to 10 this year.
He added: “It is always a very enjoyable event. It is hard work, but it is a good thing to do.”
Last year, Liam completed the London Marathon for the Willow Foundation, so the Hatfield House course should be an enjoyable stroll by comparison.
The Willow Foundation, which was set up to offer special days for seriously ill adults, is hoping to attract about 750 people to the event. Volunteers are also needed to help line the route.
Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson, who founded the charity with his wife, Megs, after their daughter died of cancer aged just 31, said: “This will be our fifth Willow 10K and each year it gets better and better.
“Come along and join us on the day.”
People can sign up online at www.willowfoundation.org.uk/willow10K
Although runners and walkers are encouraged to sign up in advance, it is open for participants to join on the day.
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