Northern Lights Thank Chester Half Marathon Runners and Volunteers
|Author: Karen Jones||Published: 17th May 2012 08:30|
The official charity for the 2012 Chester Half Marathon was Northern Lights, a Neston based charity who take seriously ill children to visit Father Christmas in Lapland.
Just a few of the many volunteers who helped out at this year's
Chester Half Marathon.
On May 13th 1987, a small boy, who was only just 5 years of age, lost his fight against the dreadful disease of cancer with a brain tumour. He had battled with the effects of this disease and its subsequent treatment for nearly two years of his very short life. We, as friends of the family, witnessed the effect this illness was having on everyone who knew him, but especially his parents and grandparents. Little did we know at that time how significant his life would be in helping other seriously ill children enjoy a well-deserved holiday of a lifetime to Lapland.
The charity started in 1987 as the Christopher Johnson Fund and became Northern Lights in 2003. We provide holidays for children, who are all suffering from life threatening diseases, giving a real boost to both them and their family members. The children, who are aged between 6 and 11, visit Lapland on a 4 or 5 day holiday to meet the big man himself and experience husky dog, snow mobile and reindeer rides as well as taking part in an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony. All this happens in temperatures that can sometimes reach -20 degrees, but they still have fun in the snow and return more confident with a lot of stories to tell.
To be involved in providing holidays for children who have to endure such unpleasant, but essential treatments for their illnesses, is an honour and as a charity we will continue to work to ensure more children can take advantage of this wonderful experience.
David Parry-Sargent raised £185 for the charity
May 13th 2012, exactly 25 years on, Northern Lights was the official race charity for the Cheshire Oaks Chester Half Marathon and we would like to thank the organisers, Chris and Andy, for selecting us as their official charity. This very significant date brings back lots of memories, but in truth we could not think of a better way of celebrating Christopher's life than with our involvement in the Chester Half Marathon, raising funds in his memory.
Huge thanks go to the 56 runners who selected Northern Lights as their nominated charity on the day and the 35 volunteers who carried out any task that was thrown at them.
Our special thanks go to David Parry-Sargent who really got into the theme of our charity by running in a Santa outfit and collecting £185 in a bucket as he ran the half marathon distance, but we cannot thank everyone enough for helping us raise money in this our 25th Anniversary year.
Chair, Northern Lights Children's Charity