Jennifer Tawse, Biggar, raises £10,000 at London Marathon

A MARATHON effort by Biggar woman Jennifer Tawse to raise funds for Cancer Research has broken through the £10,000 mark — more than three times her original target.

Jennifer (33) had hoped to raise 3000 for research into the disease which struck her in 2008 but the money poured in during the weeks leading up to the London Marathon.

And now she has crossed the finishing line, the money is still coming in!

"I want to say how grateful, overwhelmed, amazed and stunned I have been with all the donations," said Jennifer.

"I never imagined getting as much. 3000 was my original

target — it has just gone mad!

"People have been coming to my door, and my mum's, and when my dad is out people have been giving him money; everywhere any of us have gone, people have been giving us money!"

Jennifer, who works in human resources at the State Hospital, was diagnosed with a rare tongue cancer in June 2008.

But after life-saving surgery, she made a full recovery and decided to raise money for Cancer Research by running the London Marathon on April 25.

The marathon itself she found gruelling and was disappointed with her time. She set out for London choked with the cold and for much of the 26 miles she felt ill; but she kept going, and completed it in 6hrs 1m. "It was hard; really hard," she said.

Jennifer would like to pass on her thanks to everyone who sponsored and supported her.

There is still time to donate at


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