Westbury family run for brother’s sake
7:00am Friday 23rd May 2014 in Latest News
Westbury runner James Waugh and his family are taking part in the Great North Run on September 7, in aid of his terminally-ill brother.
Mr Waugh, 57, of Warminster Road, will be running the half-marathon with his partner Sarah Amey, 43, after his brother Ian was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given nine months to live.
Ian Waugh, a 66-year-old father of four, was born and raised in Westbury, but now lives in Llanelli, South Wales where he is a Methodist minister.
James Waugh, a maintenance engineer, and his partner will run alongside Ian’s son, Gavin Waugh, 27, who lives in Haydon Wick, Swindon.
Mr Waugh said: “Ian has always been a very giving person. He spent a great deal of his life in the RAF before he became a minister in the Methodist church.
“He learned the Welsh language to help him work in the communities giving guidance and support where he can.
“Wales is a country he has come to love and he is very much loved and respected in return.
“Doing the run is a way of helping people with pancreatic cancer for the future.”
James and Sarah are regular runners with the Westbury Harriers running club and both have completed marathons and half-marathons. They aim to raise £500.
Gavin is planning to raise £1,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
At present less than four per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive beyond five years.
James said: “Pancreatic cancer receives one per cent of cancer research funding in the UK, despite being the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
“We must help find a cure for this terrible disease.”
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/james-waugh1 or www.justgiving.com/gavin-waugh1