Sylvia’s last run raises £1,500 for child cancer charity

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AN ELLON woman who participated in the Balmoral Fun Run has thanked her sponsors for raising over £1500 for a children’s cancer charity.

Sylvia Koren ran the race in a giant chicken suit in under an hour.

She says that although this will be her last race, she plans to organise one for next year, and that she will continue to raise money for J-A-C-K, who support children and their families living with neuroblastoma.

Sylvia said that the race had been tough in the suit, and that she was pleased that she had managed to finish in good time.

“It was pretty hard!” she said. “First of all I had to lose the head, which was made of rubber; then the gloves, and then the feet which were tripping me up! I kept the rest of the suit on, though.

“I’d like to thank everybody in Ellon, the UK and abroad who sponsored me - the total at the moment stands at £1500, and there are further donations still to come from the US and Norway.

Neuroblastoma is a rare child’s cancer which attacks the nervous system. Sylvia, who helps co-ordinate J-A-C-K, has devoted her time to fundraising for research into the condition since her great-nephew, Connah, was diagnosed with it in 2006.

She told us that one young boy currently being supported by J-A-C-K had already received treatment for his condition.

“I’m pleased to report that Felix White - who I ran the race for - is now in the USA receiving treatment for neuroblastoma, and has undergone brain and pancreatic surgery. He’s fighting the fight, and keeping strong.”

J-A-C-K’s next fundraising event will take place at Haddo House on August 28 in conjunction with CLIC Sargent.