An energetic hairdresser from East Grinstead will swap her scissors and straighteners for running shoes and sweat bands as she tackles the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London this month. The run will be a poignant one for the West Sussex resident as she takes part in the event in memory of her mum.
Hairdresser, Katie Wright, 22 who works at Michael Todd Hairdressing in East Grinstead is getting ready and raring to go as she runs the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, October 14 in memory of her mum.
Katie will face the 13.1 mile route taking in world-famous landmarks, and four of London’s Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens for the charity, The UK Sepsis Trust.
Katie said: “I am going to be raising money and awareness for the charity, The UK Sepsis Trust. My brother and I sadly lost our mum in December 2017 to a horrible illness
“Many people are unaware of what septicaemia is, it is a rare blood poisoning. It is potentially, and in our mum’s case was, a life-threatening condition that sadly took her life only at the age of 55.”
Motivated by seeing how cruel and ultimately fatal sepsis can be, Katie and her brother, Callum, 24, decided in May this year that they would run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for The UK Sepsis Trust.
Despite the two siblings wanting to take on the challenge, Katie secured the last charity place to run for The UK Sepsis Trust and therefore IT technician Callum was unable to register as a runner in the event.
Speaking ahead of her special run, Katie said: “Our mum was the most admirable, strong and beautiful lady and we want to do everything in our power to make her proud and follow in her footsteps.’
“Mum had been fighting ill health for quite some time before she sadly died of sepsis in December 2017. The last ten months have been the most difficult time of our lives” Katie adds about her experience.
The UK Sepsis Trust founded in 2012 has a mission of saving lives, improving outcomes for survivors, educating health professionals, raising awareness and providing support for those affected
by the condition.
She says of The UK Sepsis Trust: “This charity means so much. Our mum’s life has been taken from us and that will forever pain our hearts and is something we have to live with until the end of time.’
“However, if Callum and I could help other people suffering with septicaemia to minimise the risk of death, we would feel that we are doing our bit to raise awareness for The UK Sepsis Trust.”
If you would like to donate to hairdresser Katie’s hair-raising fundraising for The UK Sepsis Trust as she cuts her way through the streets of London, visit: uk.gofundme.com/royal-park-half-marathon