Wednesday 1st August 2018

South West

In September 2015, on the day she was due to start at the University of the Arts London, Holly King was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Her friends went off to university but Holly had to defer her place to immediately start treatment on the Teenage Cancer Trust specialist unit in Bristol.
 
Although only 19 years old at the time, Holly remained overwhelmingly positive throughout her year of treatment and inspired Holly’s Dollies to come together to make a difference for other girls like Holly.  
 
This amazing fundraising five from Melksham is made up of Holly's mum, Terry, and friends Kim, Jo, Sherian and Suzanne. The Dollies first took on the 26 mile Race to the King’ in 2016 in aid of the Lymphoma Association, following Holly’s stem cell transplant. In 2017, the team returned, upping the ante as they doubled the distance in support of Teenage Cancer Trust and tackled the ‘Race to the Tower’ challenge to raise a staggering £6,432.95! 
 
This year, the Dollies are adding a further 10 miles to last year’s trek, walking the Wye Valley 100k in Chepstow on 11th August. Training has been turbulent with the ever-changing weather conditions and stifling heat, a horrible bug for Kim and a torn ligament for Suzanne after taking on an agility event! However, with less than two weeks to go, the team are ready to reach their 638th mile in three years, all inspired by Holly.
 
 
Terry said: 

Teenage Cancer Trust has been invaluable to my daughter Holly following her diagnosis in 2015.
 
"The charity does a fantastic job in supporting teenagers and young adults with cancer. Currently, they can only reach half of those diagnosed in the UK, but with your help, outreach programmes can be set up to help all these young people," said Terry
 
“We are so grateful to Terry, Kim, Jo, Sherian and Suzanne for their amazing support these last few years,” said South West Regional Fundraiser Charlie Porter. “Most people would leave it at a double-marathon... yet these incredible ladies go that one step further every year! The team have set a £2,000 fundraising target and we would be very grateful to anyone who can support them in reaching this.”
 
Holly will have been in remission for two years this September and is going into her second year of university in London.
 

Donate to Holly's Dollies fundraising page and help them reach their target!