Huntingdon mum teams up with family and friends to run charity half marathon

Running for Shine (from left) Stacey Guymer, Sianade Bell, Josephine Morton, Nicole Back, Kerry Wall

Running for Shine (from left) Stacey Guymer, Sianade Bell, Josephine Morton, Nicole Back, Kerry Wallace and Amanda Sprengers. - Credit: Archant

Family and friends teamed up to take part in the Great Eastern Run to raise funds for charity on behalf of three-year-old Daisy Bell.

Her mum Sianade, 31, of Bradshaw Close, Huntingdon, and her team of runners – sister Nicole Back, Stacey Guymer, Josephine Morton, Kerry Wallace and Amanda Sprengers, were among thousands in Peterborough on October 12 for the half marathon.

They were raising money for Shine, a charity which supports people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain, a condition Daisy was diagnosed with as a baby.

Mrs Bell said Shine helped them understand hydrocephalus and with Daisy’s appointments if they had any questions.

Speaking after the run, she added: “We had a fantastic day although we all ache now. It was about raising money and having a laugh.”

To date, the sponsorship total for the run is £1,412 with money still coming in.

Overall, family and friends have helped raise more than £15,000 for good causes connected to Daisy’s ongoing care and treatment, including the Meningitis Trust.

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Next month, when Daisy turns four, she will have a fundraiser party when she receives donations for Holly Ward at Hinchingbrooke instead of presents, although Mrs Bell stressed her daughter doesn’t miss out and will still have plenty of gifts to open.

Meanwhile, the family will be taking a well-earned break to Majorca during the Easter holidays next year after a U-turn by holiday company First Choice.

They had been due to go to Spain at the beginning of the summer holidays but had to pull out at the last minute after Daisy suffered serious health complications.

Initially, First Choice refused to consider refunds or offering another date but eventually relented after pressure from friends and The Hunts Post.

“The children are very excited,” said Mrs Bell. “We’re all looking forward to a break.”