Uncle to run in memory of Lowestoft mother-of-five

Paul Youngman is getting ready to run three half marathons to raise funds for Sarah Wright's Cancer

Paul Youngman is getting ready to run three half marathons to raise funds for Sarah Wright's Cancer fund. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The uncle of a mother-of-five, who embarked on a campaign to provide a loving legacy to her family following her passing, is taking on a gruelling fundraising challenge to continue her campaign.

Paul Youngman is getting ready to run three half marathons to raise funds for Sarah Wright's Cancer

Paul Youngman is getting ready to run three half marathons to raise funds for Sarah Wright's Cancer fund. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mother-of-five Sarah Wright, from Lowestoft, passed away aged 29 on January 12 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2016.

Despite this diagnosis she showed strength to plan for her family's future while encouraging others to check for signs of the disease through her Mummy versus Cancer campaign – which has raised more than £14,000 in five months.

And now her uncle, Paul Youngman, aims to continue her campaign by completing three half-marathons in three consecutive Sundays.

Mr Youngman, 56, said: 'Sarah was very family-orientated and kind-hearted, she was the kind of girl that would do anything to help if she could.

Sarah Wright and her family, husband Stuart, and children, from left, front, Connor, three; Lucas, s

Sarah Wright and her family, husband Stuart, and children, from left, front, Connor, three; Lucas, six; Logan, one; and Lacey, eight; and back, Rhianna, nine.. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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'It is very important for people to support me; Sarah had a fundraising target that she wanted to reach to help her family when she was no longer with us.

'Sarah and her husband, Stuart, were very happy about me doing this challenge and wished me good luck– I am just sorry she will not be here to see me complete it.'

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After suffering a heart attack in 2012, Carlton Colville resident Mr Youngman was motivated to become fitter and stronger – now five years later, he has completed six half-marathons and two 10km beach runs.

As part of his fundraising challenge, for Sarah Wright's Mummy versus Cancer campaign, Mr Youngman will run the Thorpe Park Half Marathon on February 26, Cambridge Half Marathon on March 5 and Colchester Half Marathon on March 12.

'I am really excited about the challenge ahead – this is really going to test my strength and fitness,' added Mr Youngman.

Mrs Wright's husband, Stuart Wright, 34, said: 'So many people have got behind Sarah. We want to make sure she stays fresh in people's minds and with people like Paul doing things like this she definitely will do.'

To donate towards Mr Youngman's challenge visit www.gofundme.com/mummyvscancer .

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