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Jump 4 You charity event at The Post Barn to raise cash for Cost of Cancer

People will be jumping into action to help raise vital funds for a small cancer support charity.

The event is the brainchild of Serena Brook-Taylor, whose husband Paul has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Serena with husband Paul and son Jack, 13, and daughter Amelia, 10
Serena with husband Paul and son Jack, 13, and daughter Amelia, 10

Mrs Brook-Taylor, who works as the executive assistant to the managing director of the Vineyard Group, has now organised a Jump 4 You marathon to raise awareness and funds for Cost of Cancer, which helped her family when they were in need.

“Paul and I are at that stage where we just want to give back,” Mrs Brook-Taylor said. “We are trying to raise awareness and have some fun.

“In our moment of need, when we couldn’t get help from anyone else they [Cost of Cancer] just alleviated so much pressure from us.”

Mr Brook-Taylor, 47, was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in December 2022 and was told there was a 94 per cent success rate with the planned treatment.

He had his soft palate and part of his tongue removed, but in November the family were given the devastating news that his cancer was incurable and terminal.

Serena and Gabi will run the marathon sessions
Serena and Gabi will run the marathon sessions

After his surgery Mr Brook-Taylor, who is a chef at Highclere Castle, had three months off work and it was at this time that the family turned to Cost of Cancer.

The charity, which is run entirely by three volunteers, offers financial assistance to people during treatment and were able to support the family with utility bill costs.

Now, three sessions of Jump 4 You – a fitness class company run by Mrs Brook-Taylor, 39, and her business partner Gabi – will be held on Saturday (February 3) at The Post Barn, which is an event venue at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa.

The 45 minute sessions are free but a raffle and collection will be held on the day.

The sessions are at full capacity – 50 jumpers in each – but a waiting list is in place and the public are being encouraged to still go along to support those taking part and to enjoy the raffle and cakes.

“This charity is just three people volunteering, so every penny we raise will go back out to people in need,” added Mrs Brook-Taylor, who lives with Paul and their children, Jack, 13, and Amelia, 10, in Highclere.

“I am quite overwhelmed by how kind everyone has been. We haven’t had much to be positive about over the last 13 months, but to have something to positive to put all of my energy into has been very welcomed.”

The marathon charity event will be held at The Post Barn
The marathon charity event will be held at The Post Barn

She thanked The Vineyard Group, which has provided the venue and a hydration station of teas, coffee, water and cakes, free of charge for the event; and all those who have donated cakes, raffle prizes, will join in on the day and who have donated already to her fundraising page.

The hospitality industry in which Mrs Brook-Taylor works has pulled together to offer some fantastic raffle prizes – including hotel stays, afternoon teas, spa treats, experience days and beauty goodies.

Mrs Brook-Taylor has already smashed her £1,000 target, with nearly £4,500 raised at the time of writing, and you can still help her add to that total by clicking here.

Before he fell ill Mr Brook-Taylor ran a football club, based at St Bartholomew’s School in Newbury, and the family hope to be able to arrange a charity match – also for Cost of Cancer – in the future.

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