Former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch is appealing to people to get their running shoes on and back Macmillan Cancer Support's big spring double. Macmillan Cancer Support hopes to raise over £600,000 from the two-day Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 25/26 May with a team of over 1500 runners. And the charity also hopes to have a team of hundreds of women signed up to take part in the Bupa Women's 10K on 12 May.
Jennifer said: "Macmillan is a great charity and is there to help people going through cancer and their families at a very difficult time. Taking on a running challenge for Macmillan would be a really valuable thing to do.
"I've taken part in a few big runs in the past and while they can be tough - especially the marathon - you get a fantastic feeling of achievement at the end and if you're running to raise money for charity that will only be amplified."
Jennifer met up recently with recovering cancer patient Adele Taylor, 20, and cancer nurse turned charity worker Patricia Daniel. Irvine girl Adele Taylor was just 18 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma; she told Jennifer:
"I had a Macmillan nurse who helped me cope with my illness. She helped me get a real hair wig, was always there to answer my questions and put me in touch with other young people who were going through the same thing as I was.
"I can't thank her enough for what she did for me and I hope lots of people decide to take part in Edinburgh Marathon Festival or the Bupa Women's 10K to help raise money for Macmillan as I would like everyone who has cancer to get the same support I did."
Macmillan provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support to people with cancer and their families across Scotland, with most of the charity's money coming from public donations. Macmillan's Patricia Daniel, a keen marathon runner, said: "Macmillan wants to be there for everyone affected by cancer. The money raised from events like the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is vital in helping us provide the services we know people need.
To find out more about running for Macmillan visit the charity's website or call 020 7840 7878.