Mum is my inspiration
Mum is my inspiration whenever I take on a new challenge
"Mum was one in a million, someone who would do anything for anyone, quite shy and quiet, but had a very wicked sense of humour. Mum was lucky enough to meet some of her great grandchildren before being taken from us, and her spirit is very much alive in each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Susan taking on the Great North Run
"As soon as me and my sister discovered Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation I created a tribute fund in Mum’s name and have raised money ever since, with pride. I think unless you are hit by lung cancer you don’t find out about organisations like Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and yet, charities like this are making huge headways into researching treatments, diagnosis methods and do such fabulous work with victims of this disease and their loved ones.
"The whole family get involved in each fundraiser that we do and that would make Mum smile too. We do it as a family and she would have liked that. She taught her children, and we ours, that family is the most important thing in life, and should take priority. We now all live each day not knowing if it will be our last but enjoying it as fully as possible and making memories that last forever, because nobody can take them away from your heart.
"I’ve done numerous fundraising events from walks to skydives. Mum is my inspiration whenever I take on a new challenge.
"I did a skydive even though I hate heights and planes. Mum taught me to be courageous and tackle things head on. It was the most exhilarating yet the scariest thing I have ever done in my life, and I had it videoed as I knew I wouldn’t be doing it again! Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation came along to support me again, as did friends and family from far and wide. It was a special day, but I have never been so scared in my life!
"Last year I did the Great North Run. It was poignant because Mum was from Newcastle, and all my Geordie relatives came to cheer me in at the end, and then we all had a cuppa at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation tent afterwards.
"The Great North Run was so beneficial for me because it taught me that I could do it; I wasn’t running at all 7 months beforehand! It was great for my mental health as well as feeling better physically, and it allows money to be raised in your loved one’s name, which make it all the more special, for such a worthy cause. Win-win every time
"I learnt many things whilst training for the Great North Run. If you’re thinking about signing up for an event, or have just signed up, hopefully my experiences will help!
• If you do it in your loved one’s name you will NEVER give up
• Allow enough time for yourself to be fully trained and up for whatever distance you are going for.
• Buy decent trainers – and the most expensive ones are not always the best!
• Accept you will have training days where you don’t feel like doing it because the satisfaction of your accomplishment far outweighs them
• Don’t worry about speed, just distance, everyone runs at their own speed, in their own way
• Breathing technique is important
• Run with pride, the loved one and charity will inspire and motivate you, as will RCLCF staff
• Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is a big family working towards the same goal. We feel each other’s pain and loss. We celebrate each breakthrough and triumph. “Together we’ve got this” was my mantra.
"The benefits of raising money in your loved one’s name, no matter how small or large amount, for such a worthwhile charity, far outweighs any effort (no matter how big) you must put into an event.
"Knowing what the charity is doing, the breakthroughs they are making and how they are educating other, especially the next generation, keeps me going. It keeps Mum’s legacy going for all her family. It helps others, and is something that we tackle and take on as a family, no matter who it is throwing themselves out of a plane or undertaking to run 13.1 miles in a flamingo outfit.
"Mum will always be with me, and I hope that I can be as courageous, beautiful and selfless as she was. Mum lives on in her children, her children’s children, and her great grandchildren and beyond, her memory will always be present."
If you'd like to follow in Susan's footsteps and take on any of our running events, visit our events pages here>>> www.roycastle.org/events