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Monday, 21 July 2014

Local fund-raising event

Reporter. Jonathan White, Wistaston

Tricia Boffey and Emma Boffey with family and supporters at Nantwich Swimming Baths

Sisters Emma and Tricia Boffey from Burleydam organised a ‘30k for 30 years’ event in memory of their brother, Will, which took place on Saturday 19th July 2014. Will sadly passed away in 2007 having contracted acute myeloid leukaemia in 2005. The date of the event would have been his 30th birthday.

Emma started her 30 kilometre run from Nantwich Swimming Pool and ran past various places linked with Will, such as the Barony playing fields, Brine Leas School, Wrenbury Football Club and Audlem Primary School. She was joined by best friend Kate Harper for the first 10 kilometres, friends including Franklyn Goodwin, Andy Williamson and cousin Matt Wright for the middle 10km and sister Tricia for the last 10km to their family home in Burleydam. Emma was supported by father Mike Boffey in his car and Ben Reinhardt on his bicycle.

Emma and Tricia also organised a Celebratory party following ‘30k for 30 years’ at Audlem Public Hall to raise further funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Nantwich Swimming Baths kindly allowed a collection bucket to be placed on their reception desk during the day. The sisters also received a donation from the Combermere Arms, Burleydam who generously ran a raffle for the event.

The day raised several thousand pounds worth of vital funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/ - to allow them to beat blood cancers.

Emma and Tricia said, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their fantastic support and encouragement. We have been overwhelmed with good wishes and the fund raising total is amazing! We felt proud to have completed the 30 kilometres in good time and we were encouraged by fellow runners and flag waving supporters at various points along the route. The day finished with a great Party in Audlem at which several of Will’s friends from Brine Leas School and Nottingham Trent University attended, which was a real tribute to our brother.”

Emma & Tricia are still accepting donations, so if you would like to donate please go to https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/emma-boffey-llr/30-km-30-years

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