Peter and Libby at the end of the marathon

Running for life

Libby Higgins, a former student of Godalming College, ran this year's virtual 40th London Marathon around the streets of Portsmouth in October, to raise money for three charities that helped support her friend Peter Dawes, whilst he battled leukemia.

Libby and Peter met whilst studying Graphic Design at Godalming College and became great friends.  Towards the end of their College experience their lives took different paths; Libby followed her dream of studying Graphic Communication and Design at London's Central St Martin's, and Peter faced months of treatment at Southhampton General Hospital. 

A bone marrow match was found for Peter and he was given a transplant. Libby says "despite feeling better, Peter was at high risk of infection and so remained isolated for more than a year.  Finally, over 16 months after his diagnosis he has been given the all-clear.".

By entering the London marathon Libby initially wanted to raise £500 to be split between the charities that helped Peter during his treatment and recovery.  They are Blood Cancer UK, The Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent. With the help of generous support from friends and family she has raised more than £1300 and it is still growing.

Peter has now been given the all clear and was well enough to run the last 5K of the marathon with Libby, ending at Fratton Park where family and friends were waiting to welcome them back (socially distanced of course). His ambitions have changed in recent years and instead of following in Libby's footsteps of taking a Graphic Communications Design degree he is now applying for adult nursing.

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