Friends in 24-hour standing challenge for cancer research
TWO friends stood up for a gruelling 24 hours to raise money for a cancer charity.
James Brown, 25, from Dursley and 20-year-old Laura Harvey, from Coaley, joined hundreds of people around the country in the Stand up to Cancer event organised by leading cancer charity Cancer Research UK.
The pair spent 24 hours on their feet at Dursley Town Hall from 9am on Friday, October 18 until 9am the following Saturday.
Laura said they were thrilled with the support they received from the community, which helped keep them on their feet. Some local shops offered the pair free drinks during the day to help keep them standing.
“We had friends and family visit us at different points of the day which made the time fly during the day,” she said. “We went round the pubs in the evening and managed to raise a lot of money at the Spot.
"At around 2.30 on Saturday morning is when we hit our wall, feeling tiered, with our feet and legs aching."
James and Laura were inspired by family members to raise money for cancer research as the disease has affected both of their lives very personally.
James was just two when he lost his father Steven Legg to cancer and his grandmother Diane Leff has breast cancer.
Laura, an accounting and finance student at Oxford Brookes University, is currently supporting her grandmother with cancer treatment. Betty Harvey has had to undergo radiotherapy for cancer in her lungs, liver and brain. Laura’s grandfather John Harvey died of oesophageal cancer in 2006.
Laura added: “We are so proud that we managed to stand for the whole time as we thought it would be easier than it turned out to be.
“Everyone we spoke to during the 24hours had been in some way affected by cancer and showed us a lot of support and very generous donations.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to all the local shops who offered us free drinks throughout the day and a massive thank you to everyone that came down and supported us. We couldn't have done it without them.”
They raised an impressive £1,060 and donations are still coming in online.
You can still donate online at www.justgiving.com/Laura-Harvey2013
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