19th Aug, 2019

Bromsgrove girl steps in to take on 5k mud run after mum's breast cancer plight

A BROMSGROVE girl stepped in to complete a 5k mud run to raise funds for the charity which helped save her mum’s life.

Kelsey Middleton took on the Cancer Research UK challenge for her mum Jess who was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer last July at the age of just 35.

Jess discovered a lump in her right breast and, after prompting from her friends, went to get it checked out by her GP.

She underwent tests and received the devastating news.

Since then she has undergone gruelling chemotherapy, two operations and radiotherapy and has now been given the all clear.

After that boost she was looking forward to a positive future with her two daughters Kelsey and Katy and decided she wanted to give something back for a fantastic cause that had helped save her life so she registered for the mud run at Worcester Racecourse on Saturday.

Two weeks before the event Jess became very unwell with an infection and was admitted to hospital.

She was told taking part in the mud run could put her health at risk so Kelsey, who is just 12, asked if she could take her place.

Jess said: “We are all incredibly proud of Kelsey for stepping up.

“She did really well on the day and loved every minute of it – particularly laughing at the others who were out of breath.

“She has even said she wants to take it on again next year.”

Kelsey added: “I did this for my mum as she has been through a lot and is so brave.”

Within 24 hours of Kelsey’s announcement, donations began to flood in and the group has so far managed to raise more than £650.

They are hoping to raise further funds and are leaving their charity page open for a while longer.

Jess said she wanted to thank everyone for their amazing contributions to something obviously close to her heart.

Among those she said she was grateful to were her close friends, Hannah Woodcock, Abi Woodcock, Nicola Gwilliam, Beckie Pearce, Tia Pearce and Ryan for running alongside her daughter on the day.

Click here to visit the fund-raising page and donate.

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