Lois' Story

Five year old Lois ran the City of Birmingham 5k for her friend Isobel, who has a rare childhood cancer.


Lois, at the age of five, has achieved something that not many adults can say they have done. Lois decided to fundraise in support of her very brave friend, Isobel, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer.

Lois and her father entered the City of Birmingham 5k with the hopes of raising £250 for Dr Frank Mussai’s research at the University. On the day, Lois did an amazing job with the run, even starting off at a fast pace that worried her father whether he would be able to keep up! Despite feeling tired after a mile and wanting a piggyback, Lois pushed on and managed a sprint finish to cross the line in a respectable 47 minutes 30 seconds to collect her medal.

Lois’ father, Andy said: “Obviously as her parents we're really, really proud of her, but she received such a lot of support and kind words from so many people that I think she was a bit overwhelmed by it all. I still don't think she understands just how much money her little legs raised by doing this run. We're just about to close the JustGiving page now as we've got the last few donations in and the total figure Lois has got is £1,538.00, which is unbelievable.”

Lois completely smashed her fundraising goal by raising more than six times her initial target! Her final comments on the day were that she was “really happy to do [the race] for Isobel.”