Carly with Teenage Cancer Trust staff and supporters at last year's event.
Abrave young fundraiser who died from cancer in March will be honoured at this year's Great Cumbrian Run.
Carly Winder, of Plumbland, near Aspatria, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 2010, when she was just 20 years old. She underwent a pioneering operation, with surgeons removing a bone from her leg and using it to replace the diseased bone in her arm, but sadly she died earlier this year at the age of 26.
Carly was a great supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival of young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer. Even when very poorly, she continued to raise money and give up her time to volunteer for the charity. The Great Cumbrian Run was an event particularly close to her heart.
In October 2014 she officially started the race and last year she was there to cheer along the competitors and support Teenage Cancer Trust, one of the popular half-marathon's official charity partners.
This year a special trophy in Carly's name will be presented to the first finisher running in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, in recognition of all her hard work for the charity in the face of adversity. Local businessman Mark Nield, of Mark Nield Wealth Management, is sponsoring the trophy having met Carly over the last few years when he has also been a sponsor for the charity at the run.
Mark commented: "Carly was a truly inspirational young lady, who thought of others before herself and it was an honour to meet her and also to provide the trophy in her memory."
Carly's mum Gillian Winder said: "We think this is a really lovely tribute to Carly and a reminder of how much Teenage Cancer Trust meant to her. She spent time on the Teenage Cancer Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and being in that environment, with other young people facing cancer, made a huge difference to her. We really hope people will sign up and run as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust team this October."
Louise Miles, Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust in the North East & Cumbria, said: "Carly was a truly inspirational person who had such a positive view about everything; it was an absolute privilege to know her. Even when she was really poorly, she still came along to help out at last year's Cumbrian Run, so presenting a trophy in her name feels like a really fitting way to remember her.
"Every day seven young people between the ages of 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK but at the moment we are only able to help half of them. We will only achieve our goal of reaching every young person with cancer with the continued help of our fantastic supporters.
"If anyone is thinking of signing up for this year's Cumbrian Run, why not run for Teenage Cancer Trust? We can offer a discounted entry fee and promise a fantastic atmosphere on the day."