A Wortley woman has recruited over 100 family members and friends to walk or run one mile a piece to raise funds and awareness for Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.
Stacy Procter decided to raise funds for the charity which provides support to families affected by childhood cancer across the county, as part of the Captain Tom 100 challenge, set up by the family of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Captain Tom’s family have rallied the country to take on a fundraising challenge relating to the number 100, for a charity of their choice over the coming May bank holiday weekend which would have seen the veteran’s 101st birthday.
Stacy, who has been a supporter and volunteer to Candlelighters for over four years, said:
“I am a volunteer and fundraiser for Candlelighters, a very special charity that holds my heart.
“The past year has been tough trying to keep the candle burning but we will not let the light go out. With community fundraising events, races and many more events cancelled we must stay positive and never give in. My aim is to raise vital funds and to help raise awareness for Candlelighters.”
As is stands Stacy has exceeded her target, assembling a total of 118 people to take part, and not only that, Stacy plans to take on her own challenge over the bank holiday weekend – running 202 miles (which would have been twice Captain Tom’s age).
A Candlelighters spokesperson said:
“It means the world to have the support of wonderful people like Stacy in what has been an incredibly difficult year.
“The pandemic has highlighted just how much of a lifeline our support is for families facing unimaginable circumstances from childhood cancer and without support like this, none of what we do would be possible.”
If you’d like to show your support for Stacy, you can visit her fundraising page here.