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”MY MUM KEPT A DIARY AND SHE TALKED ABOUT THE NURSES AND HOW FABULOUS THEY ARE”

AT JUST NINE YEARS OLD, AMANDA HARGREAVES LOST HER MOTHER TO CANCER. SHE HAS RAISED OVER £91,000 FOR THE CHRISTIE CHARITY, WHICH PROVIDES VITAL FUNDING FOR THE CHRISTIE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST, WHERE HER MOTHER RECEIVED UNRIVALLED TREATMENT AND CARE - AND WILL BE RUNNING OUR WOMEN’S RUNNING RACE SERIES EVENT IN MANCHESTER TO RAISE EVEN MORE

Diagnosed with cancer at 14, Wendy Derbyshire was in and out of hospital for much of her life. She endured relentless rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy; she had her leg amputated; and, heartbreakingly, she was denied precious time with her daughter, Amanda, who was just nine when she passed away.

Wendy had spent much of her time at The Christie – one of Europe’s leading cancer centres – where she received treatment, rehabilitation and care. Amanda, too, spent time at The Christie with her mum. As she grew up and learned of the outstanding level of care her mother had received there, Amanda became passionate about raising funds for the hospital. Now 37, Amanda’s fundraising efforts over the last six years have been incredible. In 2011, she co-founded The Manchester PA Network which, to date, has raised £91,233.82 for The Christie charity. In September, Amanda will be taking part in the Women’s Running Race Series event in Manchester to raise awareness for the charity and to push that fundraising figure closer to the network’s £100,000 target.

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Get fit quick with the September issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll help you find focus in your running with our four-week plans for mini running goals, from smashing out a parkrun PB to shifting a few pounds to trying your first triathlon. Bit pushed for time thanks to the kids? Our busy mums’ training guide will show you how to squeeze in a few runs - and we’ve got the lowdown on the best running buggies you can buy, too. Find out how to run well for life with our expert guide to running skills, and be inspired to try for a sub-three-hour marathon - our cover star Gemma Hockett believes anyone can do it! Find all this plus the usual advice, inspiration and kit reviews for trail and road.