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Racing for Life

I am doing Cancer Research’s Race for Life Nottingham on Sunday, with a blogging team supported by Brioche Pasquier. It’s not the 5k that worries me though, it’s the emotion of the day. I lost my mum to brain cancer, that’s her above in a canvas I had printed recently.

The last time I did the Race for Life Nottingham, I found being surrounded by people wearing dedications to people they are running for, both comforting and utterly overwhelming.

Mum lost her Dad to cancer, before I was born. When I was small, I remember her taking part in a raft building challenge and collecting money for Cancer Research. So I will be running for the Grandad I never met, and for Mum.

Mum had a grade 4 brain tumour, which we knew from the start was always going to come back. However, cancer treatment meant we had two years and a half with Mum we wouldn’t have had otherwise.  I was pregnant when she was diagnosed, so it meant she got to meet Mr G, it also means Miss L can remember her and has been influenced by her in many ways. After the first tumour was removed and her first course or radiotherapy and chemotherapy she was in good shape for a year and we packed in lots of adventures together.

Unfortunately a second tumour appeared and nearly a year after she had surgery to remove it, she lost her incredibly brave fight with cancer. My Grandad died shortly before I was conceived. I will always wonder, how perhaps nowadays, with treatment, if I could have met him.

Here is the link to the fundraising page

There is also a £1 text giving donation facility set up, please donate a pound – text BLOG99 to 70070. 

Brioche Pasquier offered to kickstart our team with £250,  its the company’s first ever UK fundraising campaign to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, they have two promotions running to reach their fundraising goal of £15,000.

The ‘Run with Mum’ promotion, now available on the Pitch range, is to encourage you to run with your children by covering a single child’s £10 entry fee for 1,000 pairs of little legs.


The second promotion, ‘Raise Some Dough’, available throughout June and July across all products, gives you the opportunity to win donations of up to £100 to send to friends or family taking part in a Race for Life event through their JustGiving page – or alternatively you can simply donate to the Brioche Pasquier Race for Life team.


Also keep an eye out for Brioche Pasquier products at the Race for Life events, as every runner will be offered a tasty ‘PITCH’ filled brioche.


To find out how you can get involved and take advantage of these fantastic offers, visit


Here is the link to the fundraising page or text BLOG99 to 70070 to donate a £1.
Thanks for your support


  1. I’m so sorry about your mum and your grandad – you’re a wonderful credit to them both. Am off to donate and wish you all the very best for your run, including the weather. No doubt they will be looking down on you with immeasurable pride in their hearts :))

  2. 03/06/2013 / 10:30 am

    Oh Penny

    I had goosebumps from the minute I saw the title as I knew you would talk about your beautiful mum.

    She was clearly an inspiration to you, as you are to so many others now. Your mum would be so incredibly proud of you and all you have done.

    Off to sponsor you now. Will be with you in spirit at the weekend.

    • 05/06/2013 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you T, so many strong women came into my life after I lost mum, and you all help to fill that gap xx

  3. Nancy Kemp
    03/06/2013 / 11:08 am

    Supporting you in a cause so close to my heart. It will be 10 years exactly on June 15th that I lost my Dad to the very same cruel cancer..He died on Father’s Day.. He was Grade IV and it took him in six months. Im envious that your mum got to meet Miss L. I got married last Monday and its those occasions that remind you what a gaping, emotional hole you carry around from day to day – I have to tell my two kids that he is now a star up in the sky. Lots of love to you all xxx

    • 05/06/2013 / 6:32 pm

      Huge Congrats Nancy! Your Dad would have been so proud, but you describe the hole so perfectly, exactly what hits me sometimes. Big hug and thanks for sponsoring xx

  4. 03/06/2013 / 12:19 pm

    It will a privilege to run with you on Sunday Penny x

  5. 04/06/2013 / 9:03 am

    I will think of you on Sunday Penny, wishing you the very best of luck!

  6. 04/06/2013 / 12:35 pm

    What a lovely picture of your mum Penny – and what a beautiful smile! I did the Race for Life last weekend for my best friend at Uni who died at the age of 23. I am sure all these angels in heaven (including your mum) will be watching and cheering you on! Be strong in the knowledge that you are making a difference…

  7. Katie Martin
    05/06/2013 / 3:47 pm

    Hi Penny.

    My name is Katie, and I am the organiser of Race for Life in Nottingham on Sunday. Would love to chat to you before then. You’re story gave me goosebumps! If you would like to email me, my email address is
    Are you taking part in the morning or the afternoon?

I'd love to know your thoughts!