A Diss cab firm owner preparing to tackle a ten kilometre road race in memory of his late daughter says he has been “amazed” by the support his cause has received.
Graham Turner, owner of Diss Town Taxis, will set off on Run Norwich next month with 12 friends and family members, almost a year after his two-year-old daughter Maddison passed away from cancer.
Despite learning that her condition was terminal only days before he was due to take part in Run Norwich 2015, Mr Turner pressed on with the race, to raise money for youth cancer support charity CLIC Sargent, and he is now looking to match that effort this year.
“Our life just came to a halt when Maddison was diagnosed,” he said.
“We were in shock and had to try and negotiate hospital care with childcare for my other daughter and then keep up with work to pay the day-to-day bills.
“CLIC Sargent came to our rescue. They were there to help with finances and provide emotional support to us as a family.
“I was determined to go ahead with it (the run) and with Maddison cheering me on, I went on to raise a lot of money for this amazing charity which helped us so much.”
Mr Turner set a fundraising goal of £2,000 for this year’s run, organised by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, and has so far managed to collect £900 in donations.
He stated running was not something he previously enjoyed, but it had now become an essential part of his grieving process.
“There are still times when I am completely overwhelmed but running has become a way for me to get some relief. It makes me feel sane and helps me to grieve for Maddison,” he added.
“I’ve been amazed by the friends and family who have never run before and the friends coming from as far as Cornwall and Bedford to take part.
“I hope Team Maddison can raise as much money and awareness for CLIC Sargent as possible.”
Daisy Turner, Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent, praised Mr Turner as a “passionate fundraiser and father”.
She explained: “CLIC Sargent are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
“We could not do this without the support of our incredible fundraisers such as Graham and Team Maddison.”
Run Norwich 2016 is set to take place on August 7. To contribute towards Mr Turner’s cause, please go to www.just giving.com/Team-Maddison