Garth’s Epic 50 mile ultramarathon

The starting pistol has been fired for the first fundraiser for The Orange Foundation. Garth Dew will run the inaugural Kendal to Preston ultramarathon covering 50 miles on the 11th of May.

Filmmaker Garth opted to run the ultra for several reasons. He said: “I’ve decided to run this race for a cause, choosing The Orange Foundation to support the charity and to pay tribute to Emma, who herself was an exceptional ultra runner and inspiration to all.

“I considered several good causes, but what I like about The Orange Foundation is its focus on giving people practical and impactful help; there are people around me who are living with cancer, and I wanted to do this to help others cope better with the disease.”

The Orange Foundation was established in memory of Emma Aindow-Gregory, who died from Bowel Cancer after living with it for four and a half years. The Foundation’s founder, Michael Gregory, added, “I’m overwhelmed whenever we receive support or offers of help, but Garth’s run really struck a chord. Emma would have been really chuffed to see Garth compete, and quite possibly run alongside him – she would be proud of his achievement, and as a family, we wish him the very best.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him at the finish line.”

After retiring as a professional rugby union player, Garth looked for a sport to challenge him mentally and physically. He concluded: “I had heard stories of Emma’s running as she was a close family friend and then took more interest in endurance running when reading the book ‘Born to Run’. I only learnt of the true extent of her mountain and fell running at her memorial, and I just thought it was incredible, so I wanted to do something that would challenge me but also pay tribute to Emma.”

Garth’s aiming to raise £2,000.00, which will provide funding for the following:

  • Up to 15 talking therapy sessions
  • A real-hair hairpiece or cosmetic treatments
  • Two people to receive patient advocacy and guide them through their treatment
  • Up to three diagnostic scans or specialist consultations

The Foundation offers support to people living with cancer through its five segments. They are:

  • Fund or provide patient advocacy services.
  • Fund diagnostics, scans or consultations that will help speed up the delivery of plans or treatment itself.
  • Fund or provide the patient and family members with talking therapies.
  • Fund cosmetic treatments and accessories or help fund surgery.
  • Contribute to cancer treatment, which isn’t always readily available on the NHS or to people who don’t have private medical insurance.

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