A SISTER clocked up 100 miles running last month in memory of her twin brother to mark their 30th birthday.
Vikki Cox has hit the streets of Tile Hill and enlisted the help of her six-month-old, Alfie, to raise funds for two charities which support her brother Pete Felton during his illness and her and Pete’s wife since he died.
Pete, a musician from Shirley, was a below the knee amputee and had previously beaten addiction and two diagnoses of cancer.
But in 2019, three weeks after marrying Hollie, Pete was given a terminal cancer diagnosis.
The 27-year-old and his wife set up the Not Dead Yet Bucket List to raise awareness of youth and sarcoma cancers, inspire people through his journey and live the life he had left through ticking off his bucket list.
Unfortunately the bucket list was left incomplete on his death in February 2020.
Vikki said: “My inspiration is and always has been Pete.
“He was an amazing person and never complained about his lot in life.
“He never once complained about the loss of his leg and the considerable pain he was in as his cancer progressed.
“Just weeks after his amputation he was taking steps again and even rode a unicycle and went rock climbing as an amputee.
“He inspired so many people through his attitude to life, especially when faced with his own death.
“The two charities I’m running for are so valuable to so many people and every small amount raised will help them immensely.”
Vikki wants to raise £1,992 – to honour the year she and Pete were born – and split it between Young Lives Vs Cancer and The New Normal.
Vikki said Pete received a lot of support from Young Lives Vs Cancer, in particular their musical programme which uses music and creativity to help 16 to 24 year olds develop resilience, give/get peer support and express the emotional impact of cancer on their lives.
Since Pete died Hollie and Vikki have been supported by The New Normal which hosts free peer to peer grief and mental health support meetings with others who have had similar life experiences.
Vikki added: “Hollie credits them to saving her life and I will be forever grateful for this and all the support and friends I have made within this charity.”
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