Sisters take on 126 mile race for life for their Retford mum

Three sisters have teamed up to jog, skip and scoot 126 miles in support of their Retford mum who has cancer.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:41 am
L to R Paula Young, 48, Andrea Fiford 55 and Jan Hughes 53 with mum Carole Dyson

Jan Hughes 53, Paula Young, 48, and Andrea Fiford 55, will join thousands of people from across the UK taking part in the for Race for Life at Home on April 24 to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Their mum Carol Dyson, 75, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in February after scans showed suspicious nodules in her stomach.

The virtual event will mark the start of a mammoth 126-mile fitness campaign for the trio who have pledged to make their way to their mum’s home in Mattersey Thorpe, by the time she finishes treatment for cancer in June.

To kick off their fundraising in style, the ladies have created a ‘Charlie’s Angel’s’ inspired spoof video using water guns and Race for Life merchandise.

Middle sister Jan, who lives in Dinnington, can been seen leaping from a forklift truck in the video which she helped film while at work at N & C Pallets, Worksop.

She said: “The three of us were devastated when mum was diagnosed with cancer, especially as lockdown meant we couldn’t go and see her. We’ve had to get used to seeing each other virtually so we thought, why not do Race for Life virtually?

“We’re all very close and we would normally have spent a lot of time together during the past year so we decided instead to add up all the miles it would take to walk to mum’s from each of our houses.”

Carol Dyson, 75, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in February

Eldest Sister Andrea, a nurse who now lives in Melton Mowbray, said: “At first we thought it was stomach cancer so when we were told it was a type of lymphoma that was treatable it was a relief, but she still needed chemotherapy so it’s been tough watching her get so poorly with it.”

Youngest sister Paula, who now lives in Staffordshire, said: “Mum has always been there for us and all of her many friends so the video idea was our tribute to her energy and a way of bringing a smile to her face.”

Carole, who is married to Eric, is a retired youth worker with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She said: “I’m so proud of my three angels.”