A woman who has battled breast cancer and still ran marathons throughout is calling on other fitness fundraisers this February to help a charity close to her heart.
Caroline Allkins ran the London Marathon a year later than expected following a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Caroline took to the capital’s streets just months after having a mastectomy, following rigorous chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a breast reconstruction.
Caroline, 47, ran nearly all the way through from diagnosis, including completing the Liverpool Half Marathon and Wirral Half Marathon respectively.
In London, Caroline ran the race of her life on behalf of DSN, a North West England and North East Wales-base charity which supports people with a sensory loss.
Caroline, who has been an interpreter with DSN for more than 25 years said: “Whilst I was a runner before my diagnosis, even at my weakest during treatment, I still managed to find the strength to run, so if I can do it, anyone can! Everyone knows that the hardest part is day one - putting on those trainers and taking that step onto the pavement for the first time. Once that hurdle is out of the way, it’s about building up your confidence and your stamina and everything else will fall into place.”
A range of races are being held throughout the North West and North Wales during 2020, including the Essar Chester Half Marathon in May, MBNA Chester Marathon in October, Liverpool Rock’n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon in May and Aldi Chester 10k in March.
“Signing up is the easy part and training can be so much fun,” said mum-of-two Caroline. “Unlike many of the larger charities, DSN very rarely gets chosen as a charity to run for and we want to change that as we do so much good work in the community. We operate so many projects that could really be helped with a funding boost from someone who is running any of these races.”
Amongst the schemes is Youth Vibe - a social inclusion group held weekly for young people with a profound or severe hearing loss, CODA’s (Children of Deaf Adults) and their friends. Funds also go to help boost projects that reach out to older people with a hearing loss and memory loss too, namely You, Me and Tea, the dementia cafe.
“DSN works with people from birth right through to death - and by that, we are even are asked to help fund BSL interpreters at funerals! Any money raised goes straight to help those with a hearing or sight loss to be more included, better supported and assisted at the point of need for free. We hope that by people pledging to take part in these great feats for themselves, that they feel good helping others and pledge to help DSN too.”
For information about fundraising for DSN, contact Fundraising Co-ordinator Erica Jones via email: EJones@dsn-online.co.uk or call 0333 220 5050.