Million Pound Marathon Fundraiser
1890. Gill Punt
Gill Punt BEM, from Chigwell, is a fundraiser who has just reached the £1 million mark for ‘Cancer Research UK’ in memory of her father who died of bile duct cancer in 1999.
For over two decades, Gill has been dedicated to raising funds and awareness for cancer charities. A Guinness World Record holder and multiple marathon runner, Gill recently completed the prestigious Boston marathon, which helped tip her over the major milestone. She has organised a huge number of endurance events, ranging from one mile to ultra marathons, and inspired thousands of people to take part with her. She has also organised celebrity cricket matches, held coffee mornings, and various other community events, engaging particularly closely with the pupils, parents, staff, and alumni at Chigwell School where she works.
In a personal letter to Gill, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Congratulations on reaching your outstanding fundraising target of £1million for ‘Cancer Research UK’!
“I was inspired to learn about how you took the tragedy of losing your father and turned it into a personal mission to help others. From running marathons to hosting coffee mornings and organising charity cricket matches, you have raised an astonishing amount of money which will do so much to support families and those living with cancer.”
Dame Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest, said:
“It is great news that Gill Punt has been recognised by the Prime Minister with a Point of Light Award. She has been relentless in her fundraising efforts. Gill has also been a tireless campaigner, raising awareness as well as funds for Cancer Research since she lost her father to cancer many years ago. She is a true light in our local community and an inspiration to us all. I am delighted that Gill has received this recognition and send her my sincere congratulations.”
“I am delighted and honoured to receive a Points of Light Award. It is a huge privilege and one my late father would have been very proud of. Sadly, there is probably not a family in the country that has not been touched by cancer, so I will continue with the fundraising endeavours – and so on to the next million! Hopefully, my story will help inspire others to find, and then embark on, innovative volunteering adventures to improve our communities. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years and hope we will reach the ultimate finish line soon – a world without cancer.”