When Tracy Lunn from Limavady laces up for the Great North Run in Newcastle there will be only be person and one place on her mind.
The Roe Valley runner will be thinking of her best friend, Nicky Martin who passed away from cancer. She will also be thinking of Foyle Hospice which she will be running to raise funds for.
“I have chosen Foyle Hospice as my charity as I experienced, first hand, the love and care they give Nicky. I feel the care she received was fantastic, and I’d like to give something back,” said Tracy. “Foyle Hospice depends very much on charity donations to ensure our loved ones get the best treatment there is.
“Personally, I don’t believe any amount of money could repay the nurses in Foyle Hospice what they are rightfully owed but, hopefully, with the help of all my family and friends, we can put a donation forward that will ensure someone else will get the same care. Foyle Hospice will forever hold a soft spot in my heart.”
Tracy launched an online donation page through Just Giving, and says the support she has received so far has been “fantastic”.
“I set my target at £1,000 when I set up my page on Thursday past,” said Tracy. “I’m currently on the brink of smashing that.”
Tracy said training for the run is “going great”.
“I’m mainly training with Valley Running Club in Limavady, along with two nights a week at Adonis bootcamp,” said Tracy, who works at AVX Ltd in Coleraine.
When asked what her best friend would think of what she’s doing, Tracy said: “Nicky would be delighted to know that people are donating to such a worthy cause.
“We took part a few times in the Foyle Hospice Female Walk, so she has herself raised money in the past for Foyle Hospice.”
As Tracy counts down the weeks on her training calendar to the Great North Run on September 11th, she wants to thank everyone for their support.
“I’d like people to know how grateful I am for their donations. I’m humbled that the support from family, friends and strangers - people I don’t even know have donated to my page - has been immense.”
The Foyle Hospice provides specialised care and support both in the inpatient unit, in their Daycare unit and in the community for patients with cancer and other progressive illnesses. This care also extends to the family and further ongoing support is provided for bereaved families in the North West.
To donate to Tracy log onto www.justgiving.com/Tracy-Lunn2