One-year fundraiser sets ambitious target

Kerry Haycock from Sancton hoping raise �30,000 for charity.
Kerry Haycock from Sancton hoping raise �30,000 for charity.

A businesswoman is to put her best foot forward as she eyes an ambitious £30,000 fundraising target for a cancer charity.

Kerry Haycock, of Sancton, will spend the better part of 2017 competing in sponsored five and 10 kilometre runs, swims and other challenges to raise money for Cancer 
Research. The 29-year-old will also commit to a Dry January and is organising a number of coffee mornings and community events in Sancton over the coming months.

She said: “I want to raise the £30,000 between this Friday (December 9) and December 14 next year.

“I’ve chosen £30,000 because I turn 30 next year.”

And she’s chosen to raise the money for a charity that is close to her heart.

“My dad has been diagnosed with blood cancer - it’s still a massive shock.

“You might see your friends’ family and some may have died from cancer, but I don’t think it quite hits you the same was as when you hear someone in your family has cancer.

“Even though people all around you are suffering and battling cancer, you never actually think it will happen.”

Now Kerry feels like she has the “weight of the world” on her shoulders after her father’s diagnosis.

She added: “I have a friend who’s 24 and lives down the road who was diagnosed with melanoma two years ago. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how healthy you are.”

She will be hosting a Christmas event at the Northstar Club in Sancton, followed by a five kilometre run just three days after.

Though Kerry’s friends told her £30,000 is certainly an ambitious target, she believes it is an achievable one.

Kerry is accepting donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/North-Star-Club