Local cancer charity Victoria's Promise are set to benefit from a £20-thousand fundraising challenge from a man who list his wife of just ten days to the disease.
Ed Smith, joined by a team of close friends, is undertaking a 100-mile race across the Pennines in Yorkshire over the course of 60 hours in an attempt to raise £20,000 for Victoria’s Promise (VP). Ed’s journey begins today (Friday 11th January).
Ed's wife Anna, who was diagnosed in June 2017, lost her fight with cancer only days after the two married, leaving him to raise their 2-year-old daughter, Alba alone.
He has been training extremely hard over the past few months and has been running several fundraising events bringing his current total to just over £16,000. On his journey Ed has received support from some big names, including Phil Vickery, world cup winning rugby player, and Steve Hansen, All Blacks coach, as well as hundreds of other generous donors.
Ed and his team, The Red Team Spine Challengers, start their adventure today and will run the distance over the course of just three days.
His daughter, and training partner, will be ready and waiting at the finish line to present her dad with a special teddy bear, sporting a Victoria's Promise medal.
Victoria’s Promise is a not-for-profit charity, based in Hook in Hampshire. They fill the gaps in care for young adult women with cancer who are treated at Basingstoke & North Hampshire hospital and surrounding areas; with services that help improve the chance of survival and quality of life.