Two High Wycombe sisters have raised nearly £3,000 for Bowel Cancer UK.

Rachael and Sarah Bridger managed to secure £2,823 in donations after they took part in the Oxford Half Marathon last month.

This was in aid of their godfather, Mike, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in December last year.

Mike is currently undergoing chemotherapy and was able to make the trip from Bournemouth to support Rachael and Sarah in their race, in addition to going through treatment, he has also been fundraising and spreading awareness of bowel cancer.

Rachael, 30, said: “It has been a very difficult time for Mike and his family, and we have tried to support them in any way possible. As I am currently training to be a GP, I found it particularly difficult to watch him go through his investigations, diagnosis and treatment and only be able to provide moral support and information.

“I decided that I wanted to do something more to show our support. I had never really done much running, but my sister regularly does.

“We agreed the Oxford Half Marathon would be a great challenge for both of us and an opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for Bowel Cancer UK."

“Mike, his family, and our family helped spread the word about our fundraising and we’re overwhelmed by the support we received.

Sarah, 32, added: “That wasn’t the end of the celebrations though.

“The next Saturday was my wedding day, so I was especially cautious not to get any injuries!

“We both recovered in time to celebrate with Mike and his family on the dancefloor and had an incredible day which none of us will forget.”

The Oxford Half Marathon took place on October 15, with its route featuring historic sights such as the city centre, passing through Old Marston village, along the River Cherwell and past some of the University colleges.

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