Westbury family run for brother’s sake
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