Purdy, Senior Practitioner, from Capstone South West, took part in the ‘Race for life’, 5K running challenge in Plymouth. Purdy wanted to help raise funds to continue research and ensure more women survive in future.
Purdy said: “My dear friend “X” is a survivor thanks to the treatment and care she received. I want to raise money for this worthwhile cause to benefit others, whilst also getting myself fitter and healthier in the process!!
Purdy had every excuse not to run when her friend asked if she would like to join her for the couch to 5k training in Plymouth a couple of years ago….
“I was too overweight, asthmatic, hadn’t run for over 30 years, given birth to 4 children and was now a grandmother, conversely, she was younger than me, and had run a couple of half marathons… She replied- “so are you coming?” I laughed as I realised that I had run out of excuses. I wheezed, limped and walked for a while, and broke into a bit of a run to start with-sweating profusely at the effort!!”
Purdy continued, “Today I love to run with Pauline Beare who is my absolute inspiration and a great feminist. She was responsible for setting up the Women’s Running Network, and she continues to encourage women that they “CAN”. She won’t mind me saying that she is 63 years of age and has had bilateral knee transplants.”
Purdy added, “A massive “Thank You” to everyone at Capstone- here’s the evidence that I completed the Race for Life for Cancer Research. Thank you for all the contributions and your support. It was a very hot morning, but the atmosphere and sense of solidarity was amazing.”
Purdy’s Just Giving page is still open for those who would like to contribute: