"The support from the crowds and the Ovarian Cancer Action team was second to none"

Andy Grieff-Liggins London Marathon 2017

Andy Grieff-Liggins is taking on five challenge events to help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action this year. With the London Marathon and Vitality 10,000 under his belt, Andy tells us what’s next… 

“When my closest friend was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer, I decided to start fundraising to help fund cancer research. This year I’m taking on several challenges for Ovarian Cancer Action. 

My first challenge was the London Marathon, which was a great experience. It was made even better knowing I hit my £3,000 target! The support from the crowds and the Ovarian Cancer Action team was second to none. When people say that this helps with you cross the finish line they aren’t lying!

A few days after the London Marathon I received my running number for the London Vitality 10,000 through the post – no rest for the wicked! So the running shoes went back on and off I went.

I wondered if it could match the marathon’s incredible atmosphere but as soon as the gun went off I wasn’t disappointed. Yet again the support received around the course, as we ran past some of London’s most iconic buildings, was definitely up there with the London Marathon.

The sense of achievement crossing the finishing line was on a par with finishing the marathon too! I would recommend an event like this to anyone that wants a challenge or has recently started running. Why not get people to sponsor you and show their support too – this makes it much more of an achievement.

Andy Grieff-Liggins London Marathon 2017

Next on my list is the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride, which takes place on the 30 July – so watch this space!

Once I hit my £3,000 fundraising target I decided that if I could get my total to £3,500 I would also enter the Leicester Marathon, which would take my total of challenges to five.

I achieved this with the help of my wife Fran. She decided to help my fundraising and surprise me by taking part in Ovarian Cancer Action’s Teal Take campaign, which takes place on 8th May for World Ovarian Cancer Day each year.

It was a great success! Fran, family and friends baked cakes and decorated my mother in law’s kitchen and placed a gazebo in the garden, raising £416.70.

Who knew you could make such a great amount of money selling cakes and drinking tea?!

Andy Grieff-Liggins

With only three challenges left for this year I would like to raise the total to £4,000 and we have some great ideas in mind, from a pie night to a fashion show, which hopefully we can arrange in the coming months.

Fundraising is really important to me as it helps fund the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre, and will hopefully make a real difference to all women affected by ovarian cancer.”

Would you like to raise money to help fund our life-saving research? Visit our challenge events page to find an event near you or email Jessica.Vigni@ovarian.org.uk for help organising your own fundraising event.