Your Story: Fran has a plan

My name is Fran Heaney and I am part of starfish 2019! I wanted to run the marathon for a few years now and I was lucky enough to be selected to join the team.

I’m going to be honest, I think the training part will be the easier part for me, I’m going to find the fund raising the most challenging! I work for a company called Tingdene, we donate holidays to the Family Holiday Association and with having two children myself, I think the work they do is amazing. Holidays are all about making memories to cherish, children who have never had that chance are given this opportunity thanks to this wonderful charity. 

I’ve been quite busy recently so I’m hoping to kick start my campaign in the new year. Back in October along with eight others, I cycled from London to Norwich which is 122 miles to raise money. My father has recently been diagnosed with cancer, the same awful disease that took my sister from us. My father completed the same course to raise money for the hospitals my sister received her care and treatment at. When we heard the devastating news that my dad was ill, my brothers and I wanted to do something positive and we have now raised £7,255 for our local cancer ward, where my dad goes every week for chemotherapy. 

As I now look to the marathon, I know I am fully capable of raising the money, I just want to plan events this time to achieve that. I have held a cake stall at work which raised £100, I’ve got a laser tag evening planned along with a coffee morning and party evening. I have now organised a guess the bears name at three parks to try and help me hit the target, I think because I've spent the last six months raising money people are avoiding me in the street! I feel like I am constantly asking people so I've decided to try and do a few alternative ideas where people can win a prize as they then feel like they could win something in the process, I've even asked Tesco if I can do bag packing one afternoon!


Over Christmas I managed to go out for usual three runs a week, I vary distance, usually I aim to do 10k every time I go out depending on time etc but over the next few weeks I will begin to increase this as I am sure the next couple of months will fly by and we will be in London before we know it! 


I am really excited (slightly nervous) to complete this challenge, it will be amazing and a memory we will never forget, good luck team starfish 2019! 





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