Footballer Grant Basey is taking on the challenge of the London Marathon in memory of his mother as he aims to raise vital funds to support our research.
Grant is a professional footballer who has played for Charlton, Brentford, Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United, and currently plays for Cray Wanderers.
He lost his mother to bowel cancer just before the marathon last year – spurring him on to start raising funds for cancer research in her memory.
It will be the second consecutive year that Grant has run for The Institute of Cancer Research, London – after last year being awarded one of our golden bond places on the day of his mum's funeral.
After his mother’s death, Grant felt he particularly wished to support cancer research. He decided to support the ICR because of our excellent track record of discoveries in different areas of cancer research and his confidence that our work makes a real difference to cancer patients’ lives.
Grant said: “Because of the high demand for marathon places I didn’t dream that I would be successful last year, but I received a call to hear the great news that I had been offered a place and I jumped at the chance. I think it was fate that I received the call on the day of my mother’s funeral. I am very grateful to have been given the chance to run again this year to continue my support for the ICR.”
Grant running in the 2015 London Marathon
Grant hopes to repeat his fundraising success in 2015 by organising a golf day with a close friend, Adam Furze, who is also running for #teamICR. Together, they hope to raise £5,000 from this event. Grant organised a similar event last year which was attended by 50 people as well as a cricket day.
Charlotte Orrell-Jones, Head of Events at the ICR, said: “We are delighted that this is the second time that Grant will be taking part in the London Marathon for the ICR. Continued support and a long-term commitment from volunteers is so important in our fight against cancer. Grant’s and Adam’s hard work and determination is really appreciated.”
If you would like to support Grant in this event you can donate on his Virgin Money Giving Page.
And if you are inspired to take part in next year's London Marathon or any of our running events as part of #teamICRemail [email protected] or see our Sports and Challenges page for event listings throughout 2016 and 2017.