Family’s marathon attempt to fund research on cancer that killed mother

Jackie, Jess, Sophie and David Orme ANL-150825-142801001
Jackie, Jess, Sophie and David Orme ANL-150825-142801001
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Having raised almost £200,000 in two years, some would think David Orme and his friends would be content.

But David is not stopping so is targeting this year’s Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon as he attempts to ensure children are spared the heartbreak his daughters suffered.

Their lives changed forever in 2011 when his wife Jackie, a former Culford School pupil from Bury St Edmunds, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Less than 11 months later she died at the age of 46, when their daughters Sophie and Jess were 13 and 11.

The family and friends created ‘Team Jackie’ in her memory. The target for the first event in 2013 was £50,000, but it raised £120,000 and since then has reached £196,000.

David said: “There just aren’t many treatment opportunities for pancreatic cancer so when your loved ones are suffering, you feel helpless so the charity work is a way of trying to make a difference and we don’t want other children to go through what my girls had to.

“Having a specific project to raise money for was a way of finding hope.

“Pancreatic cancer only receives about one per cent of the cancer funding but it is the fifth biggest killer.”

Their initial £150,000 was funded a research project at University of Manchester and they now hope to raise the same again for the next phase of the programme. About 50 Team Jackie runners will be at the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon on October 4.

Entries in the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon are still available at: www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk