Sponsored stomp in memory of Jen

February 02 2015

MOTHERS and teachers from Clifton High School joined together for a 12-mile ‘stomp’ in memory of their friend Jennifer Russell who sadly passed away in December last year.

MOTHERS and teachers from Clifton High School joined together for a 12-mile ‘stomp’ in memory of their friend Jennifer Russell who sadly passed away in December last year.

In 2013 the 32-year-old mother of two at Clifton High School, was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

It was during the beginning of her treatment that she was recommended the services of Penny Brohn Cancer Care - a national charity based on the outskirts of Bristol.

Jen attended the Penny Brohn Living Well course which allowed her to regain control and refocus her mind. She attended weekly activities at the centre such as Nordic Walking and regularly dropped in for support or to eat in the restaurant.

Joanna Hall, friend of Jennifer Russell who was part of the group who organised the event on January 25, said: "Whilst Jen was bravely fighting cancer last year, many mums and teachers asked each other what they could do to help. We knew that she was getting a boost from her friends and relatives raising money for Penny Brohn, the charity that was helping and enabling Jen to live well with cancer.

"The idea of a sponsored stomp in aid of Penny Brohn was decided upon with the hope of giving Jen an extra boost. Unfortunately, Jen lost her fight with cancer before the stomp had a chance of taking place.

"Uniting for the stomp, we all remembered the unbelievable courage and endless determination Jen had for fighting her cancer, and the bright smile she had for everyone she met. She has been an inspiration to us all."

The team stomped from Clifton High School along the towpath to Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre in Pill. So far, they have raised over £3,700.

Stompers were treated to a healthy lunch at the centre and then stomped back to the school.

Dr Alison Neill, head of Clifton High School said: “It is not the first time that a member of the Clifton High School Community has benefited from the outstanding support given by Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

"We recognise and endorse the important work the charity does for those living with cancer and in particular the support it provided for Mrs Russell and her family.

"We are very proud of the parents and teachers who came together this weekend to remember Mrs Russell and ‘stomp’ the 12 miles for this deserving cause.”

Penny Brohn Cancer Care helps people to live well with the impact of cancer at any stage of their journey. Its unique combination of physical, psychological emotional and spiritual support is designed to work alongside medical treatment.  

Parents getting ready for the stomp-athon