After losing her father to cancer, 16-year-old Hattie Greig decided she wanted to do something in his name and help the charity that supported her dad throughout his treatment.
Chris was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011 and underwent a series of treatments at the Beatson in Glasgow. During his time there, Chris found the Beatson Cancer Charity wellbeing centre to be a welcome escape from the ward to pass the time in between difficult treatments.
Sadly, Chris lost his battle with cancer in August 2012 but due to the amazing care and support he received at the Beatson Hattie wanted to give something back so that others could receive the same benefits as her dad did.
With that in mind, Hattie came up with a fun and exciting way to raise money - running the Glasgow Santa Dash.
Just four months after her dad died, the Glasgow Academy Pupil from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, convinced more than 60 of her school friends, relatives and teachers to take part in the annual event.
Hattie said: “I enjoy running so I thought this would be the perfect way to raise money and get lots of people involved.
“I thought I would get around 20 of my friends to take part so I was completely overwhelmed that so many people turned out to support the Beatson.”
After the success of the Santa Dash in 2012, Hattie decided to take part in the 2013 event and managed to get even more people to take part with just over 90 of her fellow pupils and teachers running the race with her.
Hattie feels her father would be hugely proud of her for fundraising for a charity that meant so much to him and plans to continue her efforts by running a Half Marathon in the near future. She said: “I want to continue to support the Beatson Cancer Charity and heighten its awareness by pushing myself to my limits.”
Hattie Greig has sadly gone through a very tragic time but her motivation and encouragement is undeniably something of an inspiration to us all. With your generosity, you can help us in the fight against cancer. We believe that by supporting and enhancing the full range of specialist resources in cancer research, treatment, management and care - we can beat cancer but we need your help to do it.