Amy Calls on Half Marathon Runners to 'Run for Home'
Amy Uprichard is an active 17 year old who is a member of the Jeanne Cree School of Ballet practicing every day of the week and currently in the middle of completing four AS Levels in French, Business Studies, Chemistry and Biology. This is a massive undertaking for any 17 year old but in Amy's case she has achieved all of this and much more despite the fact that she was given shocking news 13 months ago the she has Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Amy has been through intensive treatment and throughout her illness she has been supported by CLIC Sargent, Northern Ireland's Leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Amy has decided she wants to give something back to the charity by joining her friends, Miss NI finalist, Emma Irvine and Amber Sloan to call on anyone interested in taking part in the 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon to "Run for Home in support of the event's official charity CLIC Sargent, and its "Homes From Home" appeal.
CLIC Sargent's 'Homes from Home' Appeal aims to help families like Amy's by by building a second specialist home for teenagers and young people in close proximity to Belfast's principal treatment centre and need your help to raise £1 million to achieve this vision. The Home from Home will be designed with the families and their circumstances in mind. It will comprise of large en suite family bedrooms, communal living and kitchen spaces, a quiet room and age appropriate play space.
This Home From Home will be a first in Northern Ireland and will be provided free of charge - offering families the ability to remain close to their child while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together.
Commenting on the "Run for Home" marathon campaign Amy Uprichard said:
"i'm 17 and have recently been supported by CLIC Sargent during my cancer treatment. As a teenager i know that CLIC Sargent's Home from Home for teenagers and young adults is so important.
My friends have been such a great support to me during my cancer and I'm asking you and your friends to Run for Home in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on September 14th to support teenagers and young adults like me."
Teresa Sloan, Appeal Director with CLIC Sargent, said:
We were delighted to have 3,000 runners take to the streets of Belfast on May 5th in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent's Home from Home Appeal and we're hoping that many will "Keep on Running for Home" in the Half Marathon. 2014 is a big year for the charity, earlier this year we opened Northern Ireland's first ever 'Home from Home' for families of young children undergoing cancer treatments at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Although we are over half way, our fundraising focus is to develop a second Home for Home specifically designed for teenagers and young adults which will be located in close proximity to the City Hospital.
The 'Homes from Home' Appeal to date has received tremendous suppot from the people of Northern Ireland, but we still have some way to go before we reach the fundraising targets. So if you're a runner and are interested in getting involved in the 2014 Half Marathon, why not do it and 'Run for Home' for CLIC Sargent? Any money you raise will stay in Northern Ireland and will go directly to the NI 'Homes from Home' appeal."
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 14th September 2014.