The Tadcaster Harriers Charity of the Year for 2021 was a joint submission by Sarah Cairns and Laura Macaulay
We have chosen to support the British Lung Foundation because it is a charity close to our hearts after losing our Dads last year, both to lung conditions.
Sarah’s Dad died on 8th June 2019, after a lifetime’s fight with multiple health conditions, most of which affected his lungs and then his heart. However, Sarah and her family remember a man of immeasurable tenacity and perseverance who fought very hard to stay with them for as long as he could. He leaves behind a lasting memory of strength, love and inspiration. Laura’s Dad died on 9th July 2019 only 12 weeks after a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, which had spread to other parts of his body. Those 12 weeks were the most painful of Laura’s life so far. He was such a hardworking, determined, but stubborn man, who hardly ever got ill and yet there he was, in and out of hospital, having treatments and medication thrown at him left, right and centre, facing the reality of being taken away from his beloved family. Both gone, but never forgotten.
The British Lung Foundation are the only UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs. They’ve been researching lung conditions for 30 years and their aim is to improve care – and to prevent, treat and cure lung disease. They recently partnered with Asthma UK, another charity close to Laura and Sarah’s hearts due to the fact that family members suffer with the condition. At a time of a World Pandemic, which seriously affects the lungs, it seems even more pertinent for the BLF to be the Harriers’ next charity of the year.