“It was 1982 and I had decided to attempt the Bradford Marathon. In our village there was a family who had a young son who was ill with cancer. The children’s cancer unit at Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds were to open a new bone marrow transplant department and he was scheduled to be one of the first to be treated there.

I offered to run the race and to get sponsors for Candlelighters to donate to the unit.  I had a t-shirt printed with “Candlelighters ” on the front and got a friend to take a photo of me out ” training ” with my two daughters, Kate ( 12 yrs ) and Sally ( 7 yrs ).  I got in touch with the local paper and they picked up on the story and made a feature of it.

I was well supported by local folk , friends,  and family. I managed to finish the marathon o.k. and thanks to the generosity of all the sponsors, managed to raise just nicely over a £1000 for Candlelighters.”

– Keith Morgan, Candlelighters supporter

Keith in 1982

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