23rd Oct, 2018

JLR staff raise thousands to remember colleague who died of cancer

Laura Kearns 16th Oct, 2017

JAGUAR Land Rover staff have raised over £55,000 to remember a colleague who died of cancer.

Senior purchasing manager Jacqui Evans, from Coventry, passed away two years ago aged 53.

Since then colleagues have been raising money for holistic cancer charity Penny Brohn, which supported Jacqui in her battle.

One of those who has also raised money in her memory is Jan McLure from Wellesbourne.

The 43-year-old took on seven marathons in as many months, recently completing her last race – the Great Scottish Run – at the start of October.

The Stratford Athletic Club member has so far raised more than £2,000 for Penny Brohn.

She said: “Younger colleagues challenged me to do The Wolf Run with them about a year ago. I trained hard so I didn’t embarrass myself.

“I came third out of our group and thought, I have this level of fitness, why not keep going and do something worthwhile to honour Jacqui?

“It’s extremely tough, but strangely enjoyable and I’m motivated by the fact it’s for Jacqui and Penny Brohn, a charity close to all of our hearts.”

Penny Brohn, spokeswoman Samantha Young, thanked JLR staff.

She said: “Jacqui was a vibrant woman and we’re overawed by the support we’ve received in her name.

“Penny Brohn relies on donations, so without caring people and companies like JLR we couldn’t continue to support people with cancer, before, during and after treatment.

“This partnership continues to enable us to invest in our Midlands services, so everyone there needing our vital support can access it.”

Visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk to find out more.

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