Sara Lee Trust

Hastings runners take on The London Marathon in aid of the Trust

(left to right: Michelle Black, Mick Bacon and Sue Alabaster)

Running the 26.2 mile route of the London Marathon is a challenge in itself, but 3 local runners have signed up to run for The Sara Lee Trust and have pledged to raise £1,750 each to help the charity provide essential care and support services to local people living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Michelle Black is running in memory of her parents Teresa and Scott Black, whom she has recently lost to cancer. Michelle says ‘The Sara Lee Trust has been such a support to my sister Alison and myself throughout mum and dad’s illnesses and after their deaths and I wanted to give something back’. This is Michelle’s second London Marathon run in aid of the Trust, she last ran in April 2013 and raised an incredible £4,349. To support Michelle, you can visit her JustGiving page.

Mick Bacon started running 10 years ago, aged 44, to keep fit and ran his first Hastings half Marathon in 2014. He has never run a full marathon before so running in the London Marathon is a big personal challenge. ‘Why am I running for The Sara Lee Trust? Well, we are all affected by serious or life threatening illnesses at some point in our lives – in 1980, my brother Martin died of leukaemia; he was 24 years of age. At the time my family didn’t have anyone to turn to for support and it would have been a real help to contact an organisation such as The Sara Lee Trust – they are a great local charity, helping people across the Hastings and Rother area. This is why I am raising money for them by running the Virgin London Marathon’. To help raise funds, Mick is organising a gig night upstairs at The Carlisle on Saturday 8th April featuring three bands, a DJ and a guest appearance by local favourites ‘The Teenbeats’. Tickets are £5 and available from B&T Music and The Carlisle. To support Mick, you can visit his JustGiving page.

Sue Alabaster has lived in Hastings all her life and started running 7 years ago. ‘Like many others I have always watched the London Marathon from the comfort of my sofa with a cup of tea. I always thought what a wonderful experience it would be to take part, but did nothing about it. This year I decided was the year to get off the sofa, up my game, raise some money for a local charity that was close to my heart and run London. I was so very pleased, excited and slightly scared that the Sara Lee Trust trusted me with one of their charity places. The moment I opened the email saying I was running London, it all got very real, and I couldn’t help thinking what had I just let myself in for, but so far so good and I cannot wait until the 23rd April to experience the atmosphere firsthand this year. I think it is going to be a very emotional day both physically and mentally’. To support Sue, you can visit her JustGiving page.

All three have been working incredibly hard to raise funds and would like to thank their friends, family and colleagues for their generosity and support. 

To find out about running for the Trust in April 2018, call 01424 457 969 or email

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