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November 2016

Local couple raise money for The Hummingbird Centre

On Sunday 9th October, local couple Steve and Karen Sargant took part in the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon to raise awareness and funds for The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre. Speaking before the race, Karen said “The Hummingbird Centre has given invaluable support to our dear friends Chris and Jo. Last year, they were given the devastating news that Chris had bowel cancer. The Hummingbird Centre has been a lifeline for them as a family offering advice, counselling and support in their darkest days. It has been a place where they can talk, meet with others and realise they are not alone, and we're running to show our appreciation to the Centre for taking care of our friends in their cancer journey”.

After months of rigorous training and pounding the streets of Bicester, Karen and Steve made their way to Oxford early on Sunday morning and gathered with thousands of other people who were there to raise money for their charities. At 9.30am the marathon started but with so many competitors it took Steve and Karen some time to reach the start line. When the eventually got there and started, there was no stopping them. Determined to beat their personal best times, Karen and Steve set of with vigour and although the going was tough at times they maintained their enthusiasm and spirit, often raising a smile for the crowds of supporters throughout the run.

Steve set a new PB of 1hr 46 mins, beating his original time by over 9 minutes. Karen also had a great run, finishing in 2hrs 11mins which was an 8 minute PB. Despite a gruelling run, both were upbeat and had a smile for the cameras.

Steve and Karen raised £225 for The Hummingbird Centre.
After the race Chris said “The centre would not be able to offer the invaluable support it does without selfless people like Steve and Karen. I am so grateful to them”.

“The Hummingbird Centre has been a great support for me and my wife Jo. I don’t know how we would have coped without the support of the centre’s devoted volunteers. I would recommend it to anyone who is fighting cancer”.