Miss Doncaster set for charity race in memory of grandparents

Charlie Lister, of Doncaster.
Charlie Lister, of Doncaster.

The current Miss Doncaster is swapping heels for running shoes as she prepares to take part in a 10k run in aid of a cancer charity which has helped members of her family.

Charlie Lister, aged 28, will stride out alongside hundreds of other runners for the annual Run in the Park event in aid of the Weston Park Cancer Charity at Graves Park in Sheffield on July 10.

The Edenthorpe woman is supporting the Sheffield-based hospital cause after seeing many of her family members, including dad Phil, fight cancer. She is also doing the race in memory of her late grandparents.

She said: “Cancer has had a huge impact on my life from an early age.

“When I was just two-years-old my dad was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and although I can’t remember it, he says he always used to put a baseball cap on when I visited him during treatment so I didn’t notice he’d lost his hair.”

“Since my dad’s diagnosis, both my granny and granddad have been diagnosed with cancer and sadly weren’t as fortunate.

“My Granny, Pauline, succumbed to lung cancer after a 10 year battle and my granddad passed away two years ago after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.”

She added: “I’m new to running but watching your family go through such devastating times is truly awful and anything I can do to support our local cancer hospital is a no brainer.

“Patients and their families in our region rely on the work of Weston Park Hospital, not just for life-saving cancer treatments, but also for ongoing support during and after a cancer diagnosis.”

Charlie, who was awarded the Miss Doncaster title last year, will return to her beauty regime after the race as she prepares to compete in the Royal UK Miss in July where winners will go on to compete in the USA.

To support Charlie visit her Just Giving fundraising page at Charlotte’s Just Giving Page