Team Jackie marches towards £100k target!
6 March 2013With money still rolling in, the 300-strong army of Team Jackie runners successfully completed the Bath Half marathon and family fun run on Sunday 03 March and are well on their way to raising £100,000 – double their original target!
Originally hoping for 20 people to join him in running the Bath Half in memory of his wife Jackie, who died of pancreatic cancer last July, aged just 46, David Orme was stunned when friends, neighbours, former colleagues of Jackie’s, plus parents, teachers and school friends of his daughters enlisted. Team Jackie was born, and became the largest single team running in the 2013 event, and made up 10% of the entire family fun run!
Says David: “The team just kept growing - before long we had 300 people which was just incredible! There were so many people that it became a bit overwhelming in terms of organising everything in time!”
Luckily for David, when Bath Rugby Union club heard about Team Jackie’s phenomenal effort, Communications Director David Flatman stepped in to offer the team the use of the clubhouse and facilities for the day and donated a signed team shirt to help fundraise as well!
“Bath Rugby’s support was fantastic!” says David. “Letting us use the clubhouse on the day was brilliant – logistically I don’t know how we’d have managed without it. It was great to have a base for everyone to meet up, especially afterwards as it allowed us all to celebrate the achievement together - and grab a hard-earned cup of tea and bite to eat.”
“I want to say a huge thank you on behalf Team Jackie for all the help we’ve been given, not least from Bath Rugby, but also from local photographer Adam Gasson and video production company Changing Horizons who worked for free so we could all have a record of the day. We’ve managed to smash our original target of £50k and are only a few thousand short of reaching £100k! This will pay for a 3-year research post to drive progress forward in finding treatments for pancreatic cancer, which has the worst survival rate of any cancer and is woefully underfunded. Jackie would have been so proud.”
Bath Rugby’s David Flatman said: “When David explained his reason for running, it was immediately clear that we had to help in any way we could. Offering some facilities and a few bodies on the day was the least we could do, and we all feel proud to have helped such a wonderful cause. Next time, who knows, perhaps we can get some of Bath Rugby’s staff running too!”
All but one of Team Jackie completed the half marathon, despite many of them never having run further than 5km before. If you can help Team Jackie smash their £100k target, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/David-Orme1