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Catherine Addison-Swan

Bill Turnbull's daughter to run London Marathon in memory of BBC Breakfast star

Bill Turnbull's daughter has announced that she will run the London Marathon in a loving tribute to her dad after he sadly died last year.

Tributes poured in for the BBC Breakfast presenter after he passed away in August aged 66 following a battle with prostate cancer. Bill was diagnosed with the illness in 2017, and spent his final years committed to raising awareness of the importance of getting checked for the cancer - helping to save lives in the process.

Bill's daughter Flora said she hopes to continue her dad's work, and announced on what would have been his 67th birthday that she will be running the marathon in his memory to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Flora has so fair raised £5,000 for the charity so far via her JustGiving page, which funds research, awareness and support around the disease.

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Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Flora said: “Losing dad was such a huge thing for us, and our family obviously. I think, first of all, I wanted to have a purpose this year and to remember Dad in the most purposeful way possible, and this felt like I could pay tribute to him in a way that was personal for him because he ran the marathon a few times and also in a way to highlight this cause for Prostate Cancer UK.”

Speaking lovingly of her dad, Bill's daughter added: “He was the most wonderful dad, he was everything you would want a father to be. He was fun, he was gregarious, he was like he was on television, he was great to be around.

“He could also be grumpy in the best way possible, where we would all tease him and he would tease us,” Flora added. “He was the real light of our lives really, and he was the centre of our family so losing him has been a huge, huge loss for us, but equally I feel so incredibly lucky to have him as a father.”

Bill's beloved football club Wycombe Wanderers has also got behind Flora's fundraising campaign, calling on people to support it in the presenter's memory. “Please donate what you can, and raise a glass to a #Chairboys legend,“ the club said on Twitter. “We miss you, Bill.”


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