Support Michelle at the London Marathon!

With the London Marathon taking place on Sunday 23rd April we will be cheering on our Head Trims Buyer, Michelle Dench. Not only will Michelle be meeting the challenge of running 26.2 miles but she will be doing it in style! Her customised Tinkerbell costume, designed and crafted by herself and the Fenn Wright Manson pattern cutters will be adding a touch of sparkle to the race. Michelle will be running for Macmillan Cancer, a charity extremely close to her heart after having been supported by them during her own cancer treatment. Read more about Michelle’s inspiring story and the amazing work that Macmillan do.

"In January 2016 I heard those dreaded words ‘I’m afraid it’s breast cancer.’ My Runner’s World magazines were replaced with Macmillan cancer information booklets. My life became a whirl of hospital appointments, scans, meetings with surgeons, two bouts of surgery, six rounds of chemotherapy and 23 sessions of Radiotherapy.

The care of the NHS staff has been amazing but there has also been a consistency in the support given from Macmillan. I never really knew what Macmillan did until I had been diagnosed. They are a  mind of knowledge with an information booklet for every type of cancer and treatment, they not only offer emotional support but in some cases are able to help with financial support. They organise therapy sessions and pointed me in the direction of charities who would aid my recovery including signing me up with a Macmillan personal trainer for a free 12 week programme. Their support is not only offered to the patient but also extends to help with family and friends who are affected by a cancer diagnosis. 

One of the things that kept me going throughout my treatment was my love of running and when I felt well enough I would try a short run around my local park. I was very lucky to receive a Gold Bond Charity place to run the London Marathon this Sunday (23rd April) for Macmillan and I wanted to wear a costume that was a bit of fun but still advertised who I was running for. I enlisted the kind help of my work colleagues at Fenn Wright Manson and we came up with the Tinkerbell outfit.

I am so proud to be able to run for Macmillan and help others in the same situation that I have had to endure this past 15months. My cancer journey is almost over; I still have to have two chemotherapy injections to go and have started a five to ten year course of Tamoxifen.

I have a very positive outlook for the future and I will finish this marathon with the biggest smile on my face."

If you would like to support Michelle, please donate to her fundraising page -