Two decades of support: The Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run
26 Apr 2017
The sun shone brightly for the 20th anniversary of the Sarah Hammond Memorial Fun Run, where friends and family gathered to remember Sarah - who died aged 24 after being hit by a car in 1997 - and continue the legacy that she began during her short life.
Sarah (pictured right) was a keen runner and donated her sponsorship funds to help patients with leukaemia at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Since her death, this three-mile fun run, set up in her memory, has raised over £85,000 for Barts Charity.
For Sarah’s loved ones, the event has taken on a lot of significance. It’s an opportunity for them to meet up and reminisce about Sarah as well as raising vital funds to fight cancer. “It was a tremendous atmosphere,” said Sarah’s sister, Suzanne (pictured with family, main image).
“We never imagined that the event would continue for so many years. Many of our runners have done all of the 20 runs, including our mum Marie, who at 80 is still taking part - an amazing achievement”.
Marie (pictured right) added: "Sarah would be thrilled that she is remembered in this way, for her love of running and fundraising for her chosen cause".
On this special anniversary, participants completed the 5km course in sizzling temperatures - a far cry from 2008 when the event was almost cancelled due to snow! Jamie Zucker, from East End Road Runners club - which Sarah helped form - won the race in a time of 17 minutes.
Andrew Clarke (pictured right), who was Sarah's boyfriend, also completed the London Marathon in April, supporting Barts Charity as one of his causes.
Congratulations to the family and their friends for putting on yet another wonderful event and a huge thank you for all your amazing support over the last 20 years. What you’ve achieved is an incredible legacy for Sarah that has made a massive difference to patients in need.
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