Sister Act: Our Revenge

I’m sure most of you reading know all about my relationship with Race for Life.

For the recent readers, here’s the Cliff’s Notes:

Six years ago, my mum was diagnosed with cervical cancer. This was literally the worst.

Fortunately for everyone involved, she’s a total badass and sent that creep away with a flea in his ear.

Sophie and I decided to start a Race for Life team, Sister Act, and what began as the two of us slowly grew to a team of ten. Over the past three years, we have raised just over £3000 for Cancer Research UK. Most excellent.

Sister Act: The Gathering

Sister Act: The Gathering


This morning, I got a rather exciting email from JustGiving, letting me know that our fundraising page was in the top 5% of fundraisers in 2014, and congratulating me on my excellent work.

Now, I’m a great big narcissist, and there’s nothing I love more than a good pat on the back. But I just can’t be doing with this. See, all I do is spend an hour dancing round a big circuit with my favourite people. It’s not exactly a chore, ya know?

So I’d like to bat the congratulations in that email right out to all of you folks who donated. Every single one of you is my personal hero, and I will never be able to articulate just how much it means to me to see your support every year. Seriously. Loads. Every penny donated goes towards ensuring that no mum ever has to sit her daughters down and tell them she has cancer. 23 years ago, my dad lost his mum to cancer. The incredible leaps forward in treatment in the past 20 years meant that I didn’t lose mine. From my heart to yours, thank you so much.

For those of you who are just joining the Sister Act story – welcome to the party! Don’t worry, we’ll be back humiliating ourselves and baring our hearts for your money a bit later in the year. And we’re really hoping to smash last year’s total. This isn’t the height of our journey. We’re moving on up, and this year is going to be better than ever.

Cancer, you picked on the wrooooong family.

6 thoughts on “Sister Act: Our Revenge

  1. Fiona, your mum is my hero!! I did Race for Life a couple of years ago for my grandmas that died of breast cancer and you’ve just inspired me to do it again! I would love to have a group like yours to raise money with because it sends such a powerful message to that f**king awful disease! Here’s to you and Sister Act!! xxx

    • fionalongmuir says:

      Thanks so much Dee! Well, we’ll probably be running a London one this year, so if you’re signing up, it would be awesome to actually meet in person!

  2. Having a binge reading session of your blog (whilst at work, slapped wrist), and had to comment on this post to tell you (not that you need telling because you already know!) what an amazing thing you do in participating in Race for Life and raising money to fight the monster that is cancer.
    2014 and now the first part of 2015 was and has been dominated by that vicious disease attacking members of my family and it’s all thanks to people like you who donate that families of the present and future stand a chance at fighting it.
    I ran it a couple of summers ago in honor of a late family member and it was amazing to take part in something that is raising money for such a worthy cause.
    Rambling comment…but really, great work :)

    • fionalongmuir says:

      Thank you so, so much! It’s a subject very close to my heart :) I’m actually throwing a blogger event for Cancer Research in July, would you like me to stick you on the invite list?

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