October 27th, 2016

Gemma takes on Wolf Run for fiancé

RUNNERS let out their wild side to raise money for charity.

Kathryn Somerville and Gemma Nicol were among the many who ran the Wolf Run in Offchurch at the weekend.

Gemma completed the 10K obstacle course for her fiancé and former Observer deputy editor, Matt Bates, who was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer nearly two years ago.

Surgery, drug trials and lifestyle changes sadly had no effect on the tumours and Matt was referred to The Christie Hospital in Manchester, which specialises in cancer treatment, around Christmas time.

Although his first treatment didn’t work as well as hoped, the hospital didn’t give up and started Matt on a new course of treatment.

Gemma has raised over £4,200 for the non-medical care the hospital provides including a relaxation room, art classes, massages and the garden and conservatory for patients and their families.

And Kathryn, from Leamington, was part of a 16-strong team who all work to safeguard and support children and young people from sexual exploitation.

The team raised over £1,400 for charity Missing People which provides a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year.

The Wolf Run is an award winning event which combines mud, trail and obstacle running. Visit www.thewolfrun.com for further details.

To donate to Missing People visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kathryn-Somerville and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Christewolfrun to donate to The Christie Hospital.