Aberdeen sisters Vicki and Kerri Robertson have teamed up with friends Emma Stephen and Laura McIntyre to form a team to run the Edinburgh half marathon in on Sunday, May 26.
The team will be running to raise funds for Mistletoe for Cancer UK
, having seen the benefits that mistletoe therapy has brought for the sisters’ mother Karen Foster, who is battling cancer.
Vicki Robertson explains their challenge:
“We have chosen Mistletoe for Cancer UK
as our charity, because my mum is suffering from ovarian cancer. I have seen the great benefits of the mistletoe therapy she receives from Dr Stefan Geider and his team at Camphill Wellbeing Trust
“My mum’s quality of life has improved dramatically since receiving the mistletoe therapy. It has enabled her to do the things that she had thought might not be possible during the rigours of weekly chemotherapy – simple things like going to town for a coffee or walking the dog.
“As a wee team of four we are looking forward to raising as much money as possible for this very worthy cause. I did the Edinburgh Half Marathon last year, so I shall also be trying to beat my time.”
The team are off to an excellent start, having already exceeded their £2,000 fundraising target by more than £1,000 – with eight weeks still to go before the race. Team Mistletoe, as they are calling themselves, have a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving.
Their determination to do well is underlined by the fact that they have signed up a Personal Trainer from Fitness Beyond and are training regularly.
Vicki Robertson (second from right above) lives in Aberdeen with her mother Karen Foster and stepfather Garry Foster. She works for Wood Group Engineering.
Kerri Robertson (left) lives in Stonehaven with her partner Emma Stephen and works as a trainer with William Wilson. A keen cyclist she is looking on the Edinburgh Half Marathon as a challenge.
Emma Stephen (second from left) works as a health and safety facilitator with NHS Grampian. Although she enjoys keeping fit, this is the first time she has attempted a challenge like this and says she is very proud to be raising money for a worthy charity.
Laura McIntyre (38) lives in Aberdeen, where she lives with her partner and two daughters. She is an administrator with Electric Centre. She has only done a 10k race before and has also done the Moonwalk in Edinburgh.