Chloe’s run becomes a tribute to colleague’s wife

Chloe Horner, a veterinary pharmacist, completed a 10km run in aid of The Mouth Cancer Foundation af

Chloe Horner, a veterinary pharmacist, completed a 10km run in aid of The Mouth Cancer Foundation after being inspired by Robyn Joly, the wife of vet Craig Joly - Credit: Archant

A VETERINARY nurse has raised hundreds of pounds for a mouth cancer charity after being inspired by the positive attitude of a colleague’s wife who died of the disease.

Chloe Horner, a veterinary pharmacist, completed a 10km run in aid of The Mouth Cancer Foundation af

Chloe Horner, a veterinary pharmacist, completed a 10km run in aid of The Mouth Cancer Foundation after being inspired by Robyn Joly, the wife of vet Craig Joly - Credit: Archant

Chloe Horner, 26, was so impressed by the courage of Robyn Joly, who suffered with mouth cancer for more than 19 years, that she took part in the East Anglian 10K Run raising a massive £1500 for the charity.

Roby Jolly with the Olympic Torch

Roby Jolly with the Olympic Torch - Credit: Archant

The wife of vet Craig Joly, Robyn never complained once about her condition and instead became a pillar of strength, raising money, getting involved in helping other sufferers at the Addenbrookes cancer support groups and in her final year carrying the Olympic Torch through Peterborough in spite of a fractured right shoulder.

Chloe said; “It was clear for all to see what an amazing strong, motivated and determined spirit she was.

“I had always admired Robyn and when I asked her if she would like me to run to help her charity she was really pleased.”


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Robyn died in May, before getting the chance to enjoy Chloe’s success, but her husband Craig said she would have been over the moon with the amount raised.

“Robyn never felt sorry for herself, She had countless operations, reconstructive facial surgery and also had breast cancer, but she never once let it get her down.

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“Instead she got on with life with tremendous energy. She was such an inspiration, she would have been very proud of Chloe’s success,” he said.

The total amount was raised through donations at Robyn’s funeral as well as sponsorship from colleagues, friends, family and customers at Amical Veterinary Centre.

Staff sent a big thankyou to everyone who donated especially the generous support of customers at the High Street vet centre.

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