Bedworth woman raises over £800 for British Lung Foundation, in memory of her grandmother

  Posted: 23.02.21 at 11:52 by The Editor

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A Bedworth woman has this weekend completed a charity run in memory of her grandmother and in support of the British Lung Foundation.

Lucy Randle, 23, was supported by her friend Amy Neal, 26, as they completed their 5km run at the Miners’ Welfare Park, Bedworth on Sunday, 21 February.

Lucy has been supported by Amy, a childhood friend, to complete the run as she looked to do something to mark the passing of her grandmother Lynda Randle.

Lynda, who passed away on March 24 2018 from respiratory failure aged 75 was well known in Bedworth, having lived in the town most of her life growing up on Wootton Street and working at the old Tesco for some time.

After initially planned to compete in the Birmingham Big Fun Run 5K last August, the pair had been waiting for this year’s event to take place, following the cancellation of the 2020 edition.

However, with the 2021 instalment yet to be confirmed, Lucy and Amy decided to complete the course and record the run on Strava. This has now been sent to the organisers as proof of completion of the race ‘virtually'.

Lynda passed away on March 24 2018 from respiratory failure

Neither Lucy nor Amy describe themselves as keen runners, so the 5km presented a very real test for them.

Speaking to Nub News after the event Lucy said: "I felt proud of myself and Amy for the run. I was really happy with the time as well. I was aching a little due to not really warming up.

"We both tried our best and we felt a little out of breath at some points, but the weather wasn’t too great due to the wind and rain so that was a little challenging.

"I felt a little emotional that the run was done with. I just kept thinking I hope I made my Nan proud. I have taken the t-shirt I ran in down to my nan's gravestone and one of the balloons the lung foundation gave me.

"I am so happy I finally got round to doing it though!"

Lucy has been supported by her childhood friend Amy

Lucy and Amy have now raised a total of £839 for the British Lung Foundation; this will be used to fund research, support patients, and raise awareness of lung-based conditions across the nation.

During the run Lucy and Amy both wore t-shirts supplied by 'Butterfly Sparkle' with a photograph of Lynda and the message 'In memory of Lynda Randle' across them.

The ladies were supported by Lucy's mum, sister, brother, uncle and Lucy's partner at various points of the run; they were all social distancing and had to keep walking round the park at different points.

If you would like to learn more about the British Lung Foundation please follow this link.

There is still time to support Lucy and if you wish to make a donation, you can do so on their JustGiving page.

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