Sarah sets sights on raising cash for Cancer Research

Sarah Southern
Sarah Southern
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Caring Sarah Southern has raised more than £20,000 for charity following the deaths of family members.

Her determination to help others makes Sarah this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

The 38-year-old has organised four body combat marathons in the past four years to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

She started fundraising after losing her stepfather to cancer in 2013.

Sarah, from Farlington, says: ‘My stepdad died from oesophagus cancer in 2013 after being diagnosed with it just 10 months earlier.

‘I have never felt so helpless and it was this helplessness which inspired me to hold a charity fundraiser for Macmillan, who were amazing while he was ill.

‘But after the first year, I decided it was best to find cures for cancer so started donating the money to Cancer Research UK.’

In the four years she has been holding the marathon, Sarah has raised £22,000. She hopes to reach £30,000 with the last body combat marathon next year.

She adds: ‘Next year will be the last one so I want to raise around £10,000. That means I would have raised more than £30,000 for the charities through the events.

‘I also want to try and set a Guinness World Record with the longest body combat marathon. It would be good to do that for the final one.’

The marathon consists of people doing body combat for three hours. The fitness class mixes kick boxing and martial arts with a high-energy workout.

For more information on next year’s event visit facebook.com/bodycombatevent.