24 March 2023

Helen Hope, Lead Biomedical Scientist in Cellular Pathology, will be taking on Market Drayton 10k on May 7 to raise funds in memory of her daughter.

In April 2022, Helen was seriously injured in a car crash that tragically killed her 19-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

The extent of Helen’s injuries meant that for a considerable time she could barely walk and doubted whether she would ever run again.

Prior to the crash, Helen would often take part in various races and challenges and had completed the Great North Run multiple times.

Through sheer hard work and determination, Helen reached the point where she could set her sights on her next race – the Market Drayton 10k.

Whilst it doesn’t mark the end of Helen’s recovery, it will be a huge milestone in her progress.

Helen will be raising money for Kenyan charity Restart, which helps to educate abandoned children and ultimately put them through university. Charlotte spent time volunteering there and it had become a cause very close to her heart.

Since their daughter’s death, Helen and her husband Neil have been tirelessly fundraising for Restart as a legacy for Charlotte. So far, they have raised a staggering £37,000.

Helen will be joined by Neil, members of their family, Charlotte’s friends, and the Shawbury Joggers at the Market Drayton 10k, which takes place just over a year since the crash.

Helen has been completely overwhelmed by the support received so far. Anyone who wishes to sponsor her can do so via her JustGiving page, which has already raised over £2,000.