Inspirational Salford student to run in memory of loved ones

Elliot Forde holds his running trainers and a laptop showcasing the website he created to encourage donations.
Elliot Forde holds his running trainers and a laptop showcasing the website he created to encourage donations.

An inspirational Salford student is set to lace up his running trainers in memory of two loved ones who recently lost their fight against cancer.

Elliot Forde, 19, will first run the 10KM Great Manchester Run in May, before taking on the 13.1 mile Great North Run in September in a bid to raise at least £750 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Elliot hopes his efforts will help to celebrate the lives of his Grandma and his Auntie who both lost their lives in recent months.

He said: “They both passed away in December and January and it really kicked me into gear to do something. This has shifted my focus to give me something positive to think about, it celebrates rather than mourns them.”

Despite the website, which Elliot created himself, being live for just over a week, more than a third of the donation target has already been reached. However, the student, who studies at MediaCityUK, claims he will have to apply skills learnt from his Graphics Design course to keep the donations coming in.

He said: “At first fundraising is easy when you first put it online, but I have to do what I do at university and keep thinking of fresh ways to keep people interested, so it is another creative challenge for me.”

In addition to raising this money for Macmillan Cancer Care, Eliot also volunteers at The Society for Abandoned Animals in his spare time, where he applies his graphic design skills to create promotional materials for the charity.

He said: “Macmillan means the most in my situation and sharing this story helps me get it off my chest and hopefully people in the same situation can relate.

“Cancer affects a lot of people, you can’t really relate to it until it happens to someone close to you.”

You can donate up to £10 by texting RUNF51 and the desired amount to 70070. Alternatively, you can click on the link here - http://runforderun.uk/