Siblings Suzanne and Andy Roper will be running this year’s London  Marathon on 22 April to raise money for our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

Suzanne, 43, who lives in Hallen and Andy, 46, of Henleaze have two very good reasons for raising money for the  Appeal.  They have sadly lost both of their parents to cancer.  Their father, David, was only 60 when he died in 2006, and their mother Elaine only 49 when she died from the illness in 1996.

“We’ve lost both of our parents to cancer, and have friends who have suffered from the disease, and so we want to run the Marathon in their memory and raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Appeal which is very close to our hearts.” Explains Suzanne.

“We feel a real connection with Southmead Hospital as our mother was born there.  We like the fact that Southmead Hospital Charity is a local charity and all the money we raise for it will stay local.  We’re just Bristol people trying to help other Bristol people.”

The Ropers have been training for the Marathon together, using a combination of intervals, weights and running.  Andy has previously competed in ultra marathons and is putting his sister through her paces.

Says Suzanne: “The training has been really hard work and has taken over my life, but I’m really enjoying it.  My brother is super fit and is a strict instructor!  But I’m feeling pretty well prepared now and we have just one more long training run before the Marathon itself.”

The Ropers would love to raise as much money as possible and you can sponsor Team Roper here: