Lynne Goes The Extra Mile Thanks To Taylor Wimpey Marathon Donation

Date: Thursday 04 May 2017

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Lynne Goes The Extra Mile Thanks To Taylor Wimpey Marathon Donation

A retiree whose brother-in-law lives with advanced prostate cancer has run the London Marathon in support of him after receiving a welcome donation from Taylor Wimpey South East.

The leading local housebuilder, which is currently building high-quality new homes at Shorncliffe Heights in Folkestone, donated £250 to Lynne Blinston (60), a resident at the development who competed in the annual event in a bid to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Lynne’s brother-in-law, Walter, was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago and was given between five and seven years to live.

“This was the main reason that I wanted to take part in the marathon,” explains Lynne. “Last year I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, although since then I have been given the all clear. Given my illness and Walt’s, I felt that this cause was very close to my heart.

“I had been training whilst away in Central America, but after returning to the UK in March, I took ill, which has impeded my ability to go running.

“However, I managed to get myself ready for the day and I’m really relieved that I managed to complete the full marathon.”

Lynne finished the 26-mile and 385-yard route around the capital in a time of five hours and 29 minutes, cheered on by family, who travelled from across the country.

“The crowds were absolutely brilliant and people really did an excellent job in encouraging me and willing me to keep going,” continues Lynne.

“I hit the wall at about 19 miles and that’s when things got really tough and I thought I might not make it to the end. The last four miles were definitely the longest, but crossing the line at the end was just an incredible feeling and I was so emotional. I’ve decided I never want to do it again though!

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for all their support. This money has made a huge difference and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were delighted to make this donation to Lynne to help her with her marathon attempt.

“I’d like to congratulate her on completing the course in support of Prostate Cancer UK. People like Lynne are a shining example of the tremendous sense of community spirit present in the local area.”

Since moving into her three-bedroom ‘Gosford’, Lynne has been enjoying the lifestyle opportunities on offer at Shorncliffe Heights.

“I and my husband Len absolutely love it here,” she says. “Len works in the merchant navy and is often travelling overseas, so our proximity to the coast is really ideal for that. The neighbours are all lovely and the sales team were just great. All in all, I’m really happy with the house and the entire development.”

To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK, visit

To find out more about the brand new homes at Shorncliffe Heights, property-seekers should visit the Sales and Marketing Suite, located off Horn Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3JB, and open daily from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively, the Sales Executive can be contacted on 01303 761112.

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