Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Oxford - Race for Life July 12th 2015

The Ragazza participated in the Oxford Race for Life on July 12th.

She'd been shy about asking for sponsorship so I stepped in and we raised over £2000 including a late and much appreciated £500 from Sophos Senior Management which, of course, made me cry.

I must admit that I was anxious.
It was less than eight months ago that she lay in the I.C.U. at the John Radcliffe Hospital, having been, as we were cheerfully informed by one of the doctors on duty, a mere ten minutes from death.
It was only three months ago that she was sufficiently strong enough to walk again without crutches.
It was only two months ago that she was able to return to her teaching post full-time.
She still suffers from the effects of the accident that almost killed her.

And yet she was strong enough, brave enough and determined enough to train for the 5 km race.
I suspect that her decision to do so was, in part, to show me what can be achieved, against the odds, with courage and will-power.  

It was a moving experience.
So many women with their daughters and a few young boys, so many with their sisters and friends, all running to raise money for Cancer Research UK, and I admit that I was tearful.

But the power of people is limitless, I think. And the sheer goodwill and good energy that the race produced will remain with us for a long time to come.

And my Ragazza not only managed to compete the 5 km race, but she also did so in just under 30 minutes which shocked and impressed her family.

Thank you to those of you who sponsored her.
We, her family, are grateful for your generosity.
And we like to think that maybe, just maybe, the money that was raised on July 12th 2015 may contribute to finding a cure for a cancer that would otherwise have touched someone you love.


Julia, Sarah and Jonathan xxx


  1. How wonderful for all of you. Great achievements, and many more to come!

  2. good for her..and hoping her mum is progressing well too xx

  3. So impressive, bravo to her. And lovely to see your Ragazza too!

  4. Today I could not even comment....My profile credentials were not recognized and may not be again.........

  5. Still trying to be able to read your living with lupo blog, and hoping I can even comment here.....Things have not been working well.

    So glad the race went well. I tried to support your daughter but somehow was not able to make that work either. Perhaps because I'm not in the UK?

  6. I am so happy to hear that the Ragazza has recovered and was well enough to do this! I have also learned how to properly pronounce Ragazza since my Ragazza just returned from a month in Italy, studying Italian and opera! I would like to be able to read your other blog and hope you open it up again soon. I do follow your tweets.

    1. Hello!
      Been a little slow with responses, apologies to you all other kind responders to my posts. I am keeping the other blog closed for now, it may or may not resurface :)
      A month in Italy sounds wonderful. I am sure she has a ball!


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