When Sarah Giles took part in the Great North Run, there was a special young man on her mind every step of the way.
Sarah, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, has raised more than £2,000 for the Leeds-based charity Candlelighters, which supports families of children in Yorkshire who have been affected by cancer.
Among those the organisation has supported is Sarah’s nephew Will Coley, from Carlton, near Rothwell, who was diagnosed last year with leukaemia.
Sarah said: “I have been able to see first-hand the difference this charity has made to Will and his parents. Not only do Candlelighters provide practical and emotional support to the child who is ill, there is also great emphasis on activities designed for families to get together and have fun in a ‘normal’ environment after time spent in hospital.”
As well as being a charity close to her heart, Candlelighters is the chosen charity for the Leeds branch of investment management and stockbroking firm Redmayne-Bentley, where Sarah is assistant compliance monitoring manager.
Initially, Sarah aimed to raise £500 but her colleagues in Leeds and around the UK joined forces in great numbers to sponsor her for the 13-mile run.
She added: “I was so proud to run the full 13.1-miles without stopping, and also to have raised a great amount for a wonderful charity.” So far this year, more than £6,175 has been raised for Candlelighters by the firm.
To support Sarah’s fundraising mission by visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-giles4.