Poole family raises £3,730 from Great South Run

Mike and Emily Taylor's two young sons inspired the family's fundraising and helped them to reach over triple their £1,000 target for CLIC Sargent.

Parents Emily and Mike Taylor with sons Noah, 9, Harry, 6, and Alice, 2.

When two-year-old Alice was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer, CLIC Sargent Social Worker Claire from Southampton General Hospital was on-hand to ease the burden for the whole family, including nine-year-old Noah and Harry, six.

Dad Mike said: “The boys really wanted to get involved with fundraising, so we all chose CLIC Sargent to support as they have been so helpful to us.”

Great South Run

The Taylors joined 20,000 others in signing up for the Great South Run. The October event is a family favourite thanks to its junior (2.5K) and mini (1.5K) courses. The adult track takes runners through 10 miles of historic Old Portsmouth.

A childhood cancer diagnosis is both emotionally and physically exhausting. Little Alice required regular appointments between hospitals in London, Southampton and Poole. She is still receiving chemotherapy treatment at Southampton Hospital, but mum Emily said that Alice keeps everyone smiling.

“We couldn’t be prouder of how Alice has coped throughout this whole journey. She is an absolute trooper and an inspiration to us all."

Thank you

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Liz Blunt, said: “We are very thankful to the Taylor family for their brilliant support whilst they are going through such a difficult time.

"It’s so lovely that the whole family wants to get involved. The money they raise will make a big difference to us so that we can support children like Alice."

"In Dorset alone last year, CLIC Sargent supported 73 families whose children were aged between under one and 24 years of age, but we couldn’t do this without amazing supporters like the Taylor family who have already raised a staggering £3,730.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Liz Blunt on 07944 696 858 or email: liz.blunt@clicsargent.org.uk