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Mother and daughter duo take on the Great North Run

Mother and daughter duo Paula and Aimee not only spend their days working with Worldwide Cancer Research at our office in Edinburgh, they’ve also decided to take on an extra challenge to raise funds for the charity. They’ll be running the Great North Run side-by-side this September, so we asked Aimee how she was feeling about donning her #TeamWorldwide colours and racing towards the finish line.

"This year’s Great North Run will be my first ever half-marathon, so I wanted to choose one that was fun and with a reputation for having an awesome atmosphere. I’m pretty nervous about doing the race, so I’m hoping the crowds will help me. I’m also really excited to be running with the 60 other Team Worldwide runners and it’ll be great to meet some of our wonderful supporters. My mum’s done a few half marathons in the past, so she’s really doing this one to support me through my training and on the day.

"I absolutely love working for Worldwide Cancer Research. The work everyone does here is amazing, and the outcomes are even better. Cancer is something that has affected my family and friends massively in recent years. My grandad has just gone through his own battle with cancer and just last week got the all-clear, so it really hits home that the research that the charity funds is making a huge difference to people’s lives. Unfortunately, not everyone is fortunate enough to get the news that they’ve beaten cancer, so I want to raise money and awareness so that we can fund more bold research so that fewer lives are cut short by cancer.

"One of my hobbies is baking, so I’ve been selling some of my cakes, with all the money going towards my fundraising target of £350. We also recently had a bake sale around the office, and my Gran has been helping by selling our Worldwide Cancer Research ‘keep cups’ to all her friends.

"One of my biggest tips for fundraising is to incorporate it into something you enjoy and be a little unique. I love baking and I’m doing it all the time anyway so I thought I may as well raise some money while I’m at it! I’d also say not to be afraid to ask around for help. Most people are willing to do their bit to help a good cause - we asked our local pub to support us and they’re selling football scratch cards and we’re planning a pub quiz night there too which we think will be great fun!

I’m so excited to take on the Great North Run with my mum by my side in aid of such a great cause. Having her there for moral support will be amazing if I start to get too tired and give up - and it’ll be nice to have the company. Plus – I have a feeling that we might get a bit competitive!"

Visit Aimee and Paula’s JustGiving page and support them in their race against cancer.

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