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Sheffield woman to run half marathon in memory of her grandad

Published: 22nd April 2009

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Emma Diggle raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A Sheffield woman is set to tread the streets in the city’s biggest road race as a tribute to her late grandfather.

Emma Diggle (28) will run the 2009 SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, after her grandfather died of the disease last year.

Emma, who lives in Nether Edge, is now rallying round friends and family to raise sponsorship for the event, which promises to be the biggest and best in the race’s history.

Coventry-born Emma said: “When my grandad died last year, I was inspired to do something in his memory. He had always been a keen runner, so I thought it would be great to take up running as a tribute to him.

“I thought that the Sheffield Half Marathon was a great way to do something for a fantastic cause. When I found out that Marie Curie was one of the nominated charities for the race I wanted to raise money in my grandad’s memory doing something that he loved, for a cause that helps others who are living with cancer.

“Both my nans also suffered from cancer, so I have seen the impact that a family member being diagnosed with cancer can have, so this is definitely a charity that is close to my heart. Marie Curie does a fantastic job of supporting those affected by the disease, so I am thrilled to help in any way that I can.”

Emma, who works as an administrator at South Yorkshire Investment Fund, has now joined a running club as preparation for the event, which promises to be the biggest and best in the events history.

Emma added: “As part of my training I decided to join the Sheffield Running Club so I can train with like-minded people. It has been a brilliant way of building up my distance and getting used to running on the streets, as well as increasing my confidence. Let’s just wait and see if it pays off on the day!”

The SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon and 3k Fun Run will take place on Sunday (26 April 2009) at Sheffield International Venues managed facility Don Valley Stadium from 9:30am.

You can make donations directly here http://www.justgiving.com/emmadiggle

For more information on how to volunteer for the 2009 SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon, call 0114 230 8429, or visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com.

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).