Back
News

We are supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation and raising money for Tierney’s wish

The office seems quiet over August with lots of people away enjoying summer holiday vacations. For those of us left, the conversation has revolved around running apps, training plans and just how far is a half marathon anyway?

“13.1 miles! You’re kidding? No, really, that’s quite far isn’t it?” choked one of the Puma runners who hadn’t realised quite what they were signing up for. Wandering past another team member’s screen, a run-route map flashed up as they tried to fathom just how far they actually had to run.

In 55 days, a team of 10 apprehensive but enthusiastic runners from Puma Investments will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Starlight Children’s Foundation and raising money for our campaign, Tierney’s wish.

Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously and terminally ill children and their families, helping them to smile again, whatever the future may hold. One of the initiatives that Starlight runs is ‘Starlight Wishes’ which are personalised wishes for children who are suffering from a life-threatening or life-shortening illness.  We are fundraising so that we can help to grant a particular wish for a child called Tierney.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma left dismal femur, a cancerous tumour of the bone localised to the left thighbone. Tierney has already had an operation to remove the tumour and as a result had to have her left leg amputated, now she is currently enduring a course of chemotherapy treatment to battle the cancer due to end this summer. A source of comfort for Tierney throughout her diagnosis and treatment was her Giraffe cuddly toy Jessie. Tierney's Starlight Wish is to go on safari to see Giraffes in their natural habitat.

To help make her wish come true, the Puma team (not the trainer brand) are embracing active-wear this summer to prepare for the half marathon, which takes in London's world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London's eight Royal Parks. Puma’s (the cat) can reach a top speed of about 50 miles per hour. It is safe to say that those of us who have started our training schedules currently feel more sloth than Puma. Nonetheless, from early morning starts, training whilst jet-setting to Geneva, L.A and Tokyo to giving up alcohol our team are putting in their time, sweat and dedication to this cause. 

Please help to motivate our lovely runners by sponsoring us here. We are grateful for any donation, you can give to help us reach our target and make Tierney’s wish come true!