This morning my great aunt sadly passed away at the brilliant age of 91 after a short spell with cancer. She was one of the most brilliant women I know, and until less than a month ago she was waving her arms around conducting her orchestra! She would turn up at every concert in the Barber and Bramall in Birmingham on the off chance that I would be singing - driving around Birmingham at any age is bad enough, let alone when you're 90 and don't even know if your niece is going to appear! She had a fantastic life and I now have even more reason to run the Birmingham half and raise money for Macmillan, in memory of Joan and my grandad.

In May 2000 my grandad was diagnosed with bowel cancer and given 6 months to live. 10 years later he died of multiple myeloma. I'm running the half marathon for Macmillan and in memory of him because he taught me to never give up. He was physically fit and was incredibly strong mentally, and though eventually his fight came to an end he fought every step of the way. He showed me that you can make yourself strong through difficulties, however tiny or hard they may be.


On 13th August 2013 my great aunt sadly passed away at the brilliant age of 91 after a very short spell battling cancer. She had an absolutely brilliant life and this now gives me even more of a reason to run and raise money in her memory.

Macmillan helps people with cancer and their families every day, and any amount will make a difference, so please donate even the smallest amount of change. We all know someone affected by cancer, and we can help them fight until the end.

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Updates 2

SO WE DID IT! 2hours 41 minutes 48 seconds! Ran solidly for 10 miles, had to walk/run the next two and ran the last one! Thank you everyone, raising over £1000 helped me through the last few miles of pain!

20/10/13 09:50

SOOOO it's less than three weeks to go! Training is going well (ish) in that I'm running every day, but my IBS means I can't go too far before getting spasms. However even if I have to walk I will finish, thank you everyone who's donated so far, so close to target!

04/10/13 07:47

Raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

We know cancer can affect everything – your work, your relationships, your finances. And by donating today, you’ll be helping us make sure we can continue to provide all our essential services. So that when someone’s facing a difficult time, we can help them start to feel more in control again.

Raising money for

Run by Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

Donations 38

Well done Milly and Ed.... such a great cause to run for. Sorry it's taken so long to donate!

Donation by Tammy (LoB) on 13/11/13


Well done on both undertaking the challenge and on ending up with an amazing time! Very very proud of you beautiful!! xxx

Donation by Hannah Tyler on 21/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Milly - a great run in a good cause.

Donation by Anna and Olly on 21/10/13

Well done!

Donation by Adam and Alice on 20/10/13


WELL DONE MILLS!!! So impressed considering how hard it's been for you to train and I'm full of admiration - you'd never see me doing that! An amazing time and only wish I could donate more, love xxxx

Donation by Emily Wilson on 20/10/13


Donating as you run. Talk about slow on the uptake. Sorry I can only donate such a measly amount - you know how I feel about running, and anyone who does it deserves my full admiration. GOOD LUCK x

Donation by Kati Donlon on 20/10/13


wishing you good luck Milly!

Donation by Sandy Weatherburn on 11/10/13


Donation by Tom O'Grady on 30/09/13


Run Milly, Run! xx

Donation by Liv on 30/08/13

Good Luck!

Donation by James on 24/08/13

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/13


As if us two of all people are doing half marathons, we've come a long way from the Vale lake hahaha. (I'll be on the sidelines with the emergency wheelbarrow) xxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/13


Good luck Milly dont be too slow :P xxx

Donation by Sam Sharpe on 22/08/13


I'm sure you'll run very well and all for a good cause :) Charlie x

Donation by Charlie Kirby on 21/08/13


Smash it Mills! xxx

Donation by Laura Venn on 21/08/13


go go goooooo

Donation by Anonymous on 21/08/13


+ £0.50 Gift Aid

I am guessing the training is in full pace now ! Good luck its a great cause

Donation by Gill Hynes on 21/08/13


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Milly!

Donation by Sally McCleery on 21/08/13

We can do it :). Love you.

Donation by Ed Marsden on 14/08/13


Go girly!!! This is a great cause - if I could donate more I would! Your Grandad would be so proud of you and you should be too :) Don't beat me though :P Love youuu xxxxxxxxx

Donation by Chantal Garman on 11/08/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Better beat my time ;)

Donation by Laura Weatherburn on 31/07/13



Donation by Katie Levine on 03/05/13



Donation by Catherine Hancock on 28/04/13


Yo! Forgot you were doing this, but it appeared when I came onto justgiving just now. Hope the training's going to plan...and best of luck! :)

Donation by Naomi Haigh on 19/03/13


Best wishes from Phyllis, Peter, Mark and Edward

Donation by Peter Holmes on 25/01/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£622.04
  • Offline donations£201.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£823.04
  • Gift Aid£83.75

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