A former Bury St Edmunds PE teacher, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has inspired his daughter to run 10km a day for 10 days in aid of a vital charity.
In honour of her dad Fred Grimsey, who taught at St Louis Middle School for 21 years, Jacqui will begin her first run in Bury on July 4 and finish the challenge on July 13 at Clapham Common, in London, with 50 of her friends.
She aims to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care and has already secured £3,470 including £1,600 after her mum cycled 20 miles.
Miss Grimsey, 25, of London, who is a marketing manager, said: “My dad has always been a real sportsman. I’m the least sporty Grimsey because they’re all incredibly sporty in my family. I’m a little bit nervous about it as it’s going to be quite a challenge. I’m particularly looking forward to the final one when I’ve lots of my friends there.”
The 10km runs will be spread between London and Suffolk. She added: “My dad is really happy I’m doing it. He’s told me the main thing is for me to do them slowly so I actually finish them.”
Her mum Julie said: “We’re very proud of the fact she’s doing it. We’ve both (her and Fred) run marathons so we know it’s going to be a significant challenge for her. The fact she’s got so many people involved is tremendous.”
Mr Grimsey, 61, was a PE and maths teacher at St Felix, in Newmarket, and St Louis, where he retired as assistant head four years ago. He used to run skiing trips at both schools. To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=grimsey&isTeam=true