Phil's Memory Marathon

TCS London Marathon 2024

Why the Stroke Association?

In 2019, my husband Phil suffered a catastrophic stroke following heart surgery. This devastated his life and that of those who loved him, leaving him unable to speak and partially paralysed. He spent 5 months in hospital and in time and with a lot of hard work, he learned to walk again and managed to regain some of his speech. Phil was unable to work or drive although he was desperate to do both, and this motivated him to work hard at his recovery. We knew he would never be back to where he was before the stroke but for over 3 years he pushed himself to keep getting better. It was a challenging time for us all but we were all incredibly proud of Phil and the support of those around him helped to push him further, and he made a much better recovery than anyone had predicted given the amount of damage caused to his brain.

Then in January 2023 he became ill. It transpired he had suffered another stroke - a spontaneous bleed this time damaging much of the healthy brain tissue he had left. And this time there was no chance of recovery and Phil died just 3 weeks after his 51st birthday.

His death was a tragedy. He leaves behind 3 children, a grandson, parents, sisters, in laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, aunties and uncles and countless friends who have all been devastated by his passing. And I have lost my husband, becoming widowed at just 37 years old. 

I am honoured to be running the marathon in Phil's name. I am not a runner, and neither is Cat! But we're going to give it a good go! We massively appreciate the support shown by everyone we have told so far and hope to raise lots of money for a cause so close to my heart.

Thank you.

Polly 

We are taking part in the TCS London Marathon as part of #TeamStroke

We joined #TeamStroke for the TCS London Marathon 2024.

There are over 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK, with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That's one stroke every five minutes.

We're here to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke, so we work with the stroke community to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support. We rely on your support to provide vital services, campaign for better stroke care and fund research into preventative and rehabilitative treatments.

Thank you to our Sponsors

£1,000

Di Kelly

I’m so very proud of you. 💕

£448

Glenfall Primary School

Donations collected from the retiring collections from the Christmas Performances at Glenfall Primary School in memory of Phil. Many thanks to all of the parents and carers for their generosity and kindness.

£200

Gillian Clements

F*****g t**t the f**k out of that b*****d run mate!

£164

Anonymous

£100

Sophie Kelly

I'm in admiration of you both! I certainly couldn't imagine doing anything like this. You are amazing!! Looking forward to supporting you from the sidelines and hoping your blisters soften!

£100

Dominic Casey

£100

Carly Swales

We are extremely proud of you both! Good luck! Lots of love year 2 xxx

£100

Emily Kelly

I'm so so proud of you and can't wait to be there supporting you on the big day! You're an inspiration and I know you'll both smash it 🙌 love you lots xxx

£74

Dc Educate

Over the line!

£71

Jamie Anderson

£53

Jo Allen

Polly and Cat what an amazing challenge to take on. I have no doubt you’ll smash it!! Good luck with the training. You can do it!!! Xx

£53

Helen Tibbetts

Wishing both Polly and Cat all the luck in the world 🥰 I will support you both in whatever way I can ❤️ You can both do this!!!! Lots of love Helen xxxx

£53

Ann Cunningham

The very best of luck with your run. You have been so strong, keep it up! Aunty Margaret’s friend, Ann

£53

James & Anisha

£53

Alex

Best of luck to you. Xxx

£53

Ollie & Alex Lambert

Well done, this is an immense effort for a great cause. All the Lamberts will be cheering you on!

£53

Harriet Jackson

Wow! We’re very impressed, good luck to you both, the whole of Glenfall will be cheering you on!

£53

Mitch

#YesUCan run the London Marathon. The Mitchells will be there to cheer you on!

£53

The Wheelers

Bravo-go-go!

£53

Jennifer Legg

What an incredible challenge, and for such an important cause - we know you’re going to smash it! Lots of love from everyone in Reception Class xxx

£53

Otto & Lenny Randle

Go Mrs Woodman & Mrs Whyte!! Xx

£53

Jane Scarlett

Good luck with the marathon Poppy - will be cheering for you from the sidelines/sofa

£53

Jill Drewett

Good luck to you both! Lots of love xxx

£52

Louise Allen

Amazing cause! Well done to you both! XX

£50

Maddie Belcher Y1

Good Luck Mrs Whyte and Mrs Woodman! Inspirational both inside and outside the classroom Love from Maddie Belcher and family xx

£50

Max And Jess Mcpherson

Whow what a challenge! You are both amazing and this will be a beautiful tribute. Very well done

£43

Luke & Natalie Pegler

Such an inspiration! Wishing you both the very best of luck xx

£42

Catherine Atkinson

Good luck, x

£35

Year 1

A top up from the year 1 children

£32

Allison Aitken

£32

The Swales Grandparents

An amazing challenge you are undertaking for an excellent cause.

£32

Louise Sandy

You are both absolutely amazing and Phil would be so proud! Well done ladies and best of luck with the training and the run. X

£31

The Children Of Year 1

Good luck Mrs Whyte & Mrs Woodman you can do it!

£31

Jasmine Cheal

Best of luck to you both! X

£27

Jayne Hatton

I lost my Nan to a stroke this Christmas and wanted to donate to someone running in her honour. Your story is inspirational and I wish you lots of luck for the day - Phil will be with you every step of the way xx I found your page with the help of Siobhan 😍

£27

Carol Hunt

You are an inspiration and I wish you all the best in your truly amazing venture xxx

£27

Seja Smyth

Loads of luck and love xxx

£27

Dom

Advent collection for Stroke Association. Just keep running both of you x

£27

Margaret

Amazing- well done!

£27

Mark Williiamson

Very best of luck

£27

Louis Hayne

£27

Claire Pegler

What a challenge for an amazing cause ! Well done Polly and Good luck ! xx

£27

Jane Robinson

Good luck with the training and Gethin’s looking forward to spotting you on the tv coverage!

£27

The Nye Family

This is amazing, Polly and Cat! A cause very close to our hearts too so we are happy to help in this small way. Good Luck - hoping to be there to cheer you both on! Lots of love and luck, Helen, Mark, Charlie and Bethany

£26

Alison Hutson

Amazing! Good luck with the training both of you. 👍❤️

£26

Liam Pickford

Lx

£25

Sue And Phil

Good luck Cat, a great charity - go for it !, love Sue and Phil xx

£25

Orla And Hugo Briggs

What an amazing thing to do! We will be cheering you both on xx

£25

Busbys

£25

Nicola And Justin

Good luck with the training. Xx

£25

Emily Lim

Loving hearing all your training stories! With you all the way ❤️

£25

Sue & Roly Kelly

Sending good thoughts and love x

£21

Pete And Chris

Good luck. You will smash it.

£21

Kerry Pasquet

£21

Ralph Shatford

Good luck from Ralph Shatford and family Xxxx

£21

Christine O'neill

I'll be cheering you both on! xx

£21

Julia Caskey

An amazing challenge for an amazing person and teacher. Wishing you all the best for the marathon and this amazing cause x

£21

Amber And Lucas Howes

Amazing that you are doing this and being so strong, good luck to you both, love Lucas and Amber Howes

£21

The Carroll Family

Good luck!

£21

Cat Whyte

Money found on a training run!! But I want to say you are both totally amazing!!

£21

The Robinson Family

What an amazing challenge Polly and Cat! You’ll be brilliant, best of luck. The Robinson Family 😊 xxx

£16

Ollie Lambert Y4 Xmas

£16

Roger Hayne

You got this!!!

£15

Taylor Bourne

Best of luck!

£15

Mary And Julian.

What an amazing thing to do. He would be very proud. Good luck from us all. Xx

£11

Sian Davies

Good luck and lots of love to you and the family xxx

£11

Lise Elliott

Good luck Polly and Cat such a good cause in Phil’s memory. Love Lisa, Dave, Amie and Lola

£11

Anonymous

Go Mrs W x2

£11

Samantha Cross

Wishing you all the best both of you. Love Samantha, Gabriella and Polly Cross

£11

Claire Hannis

What an amazing thing you’re both doing and well done with your training so far. Good luck with it, you should both be very proud of yourselves. Lots of love and best wishes!

£11

Vanessa Meek

Absolutely fantastic! All the very best with the training 🥰

£11

Alice Lloyd

Good luck! I'm sure you'll smash it.

£11

Julia Potter

£11

Anonymous

£11

Elese Seabeck-brookes

Go Polly and Cat! Good luck to you both - you will be amazing! X

£11

Anonymous

£11

Abi

I only met Phil a couple of times but went to school and prom with his son Tom. You're so incredible for doing this! Good luck x

£11

Sue Johnson

Good luck!!

£10

Charlotte Budenis

Good luck both of you! Go and smash it 💪🏻🤍

£10

Sara Beasley

Well done guys! A wonderful charity close to my heart. Xxxx

£10

Kathryn

You can do this! Isabelle and Coco will also be cheering you on. Good luck

£10

Emily Woodman

£10

Rachel Rabjohns

£10

Serena Nuhu

Best of luck xx

£10

Elizabeth Hines

£10

Anonymous

Good luck with the marathon!

£10

Sarah Wennell

Good luck with your running and fundraising, I’m sure you will smash it! xx

£10

Sophie Johnson-pyatt

Sending love & good luck 💚

£5

Ej

Wishing you lots of luck!

£5

Eliza Casey

£5

Joannn Baker