Serco employees took on the British 10k in memory of a colleague's teenage daughter, who died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour
A Farnborough charity is better off to the tune of £33,000 after more than 40 employees got their running shoes on to complete the British 10k.
A team of runners from international service company Serco took part in last month's race in London and earned sponsorship totalling £15,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The charity relocated to Victoria Road in Farnborough a year ago after 15 years in Yateley.
The Serco team members from all over the country were inspired to run for The Brain Tumour Charity after Aoife O’Connor, the 14-year-old daughter of Solihull employee Mark O’Connor, passed away in October 2012 less than a year after being diagnosed with a tumour.
The team ran the 10km course on July 14 to raise money towards vital research into the disease.
Among the thousands of people who lined the route were staff from the charity, including events officer Abbie Stone.
She said: “The atmosphere where the spectators were standing was just phenomenal.
"Charities stood side by side cheering on their runners, making as much noise as possible and, having a team of more than 80 runners for The Brain Tumour Charity, we were kept busy cheering for them.
"They all did fantastically well and the Serco team achievement in raising over £15,000 is an incredible result.”
Richard Williams, managing director of Serco’s local direct and transport business unit, said: “All of us at Serco were delighted to take part in the British 10k run and to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
"The loss our colleague Mark and all of the O’Connor family have suffered affected us deeply and we wanted to do everything we could to honour Aoife’s memory and ensure that families in future do not have to go through this devastating experience.
“We know now that world-class research is the answer and we’re very proud to have supported The Brain Tumour Charity to this end.”
Andy Foote, chairman of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “Having taken part in running events previously, I know just how tough it can be, especially in these temperatures, so I really appreciate the challenge that all our runners have set themselves by taking part and raising funds.”
The Brain Tumour Charity is the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK.
Published figures show 9,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour each year, but the real figure could be even higher.
Around 25% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour do not survive. To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/remember/40131/Aoife%20-O'Connor .