Jackie Buxton

My daughter, Liss Buxton, and I are running-ish the Great North Run for the Breast Cancer Haven, a fantastically necessary and hard-working charity that receives no government funding. The best way I can describe its work is that it does what it says on the tin: while the wonders of technology and fabulous medical staff do their very finest to get rid of cancer and keep it away, the Haven looks after our sanity and general well-being. It provides therapies free to users to help cope both physically and mentally with the side effects of cancer treatment, all in a soothing, uplifting, supportive environment where everybody is welcome whether patient, close friend or family.

Some of you will know that I’m a keen runner and have been for years, and perhaps that in the past I’d think nothing of scampering off for a 13 mile run before getting on with my Sunday, albeit nice and slowly. Let’s just say that things have changed a little. I still love running but everything from my bunions upwards, doesn’t love it so much anymore which means that nowadays I’m happy to jog around the Yorkshire countryside taking in the air. No complaints from me, simply the need to explain that the prospect of running a half marathon these days, feels more like I’m embarking on a seven day ultra marathon, after a heavy night and dragging a cannon ball behind me. Apart from that, I’m really looking forward to it :)

Thank you in advance for your support. Any donations to this fabulous charity are very much appreciated.

Jackie Buxton