Jacqueline Francis

Lucreta was an amazing woman who lived life to the full and met all challenges head on. She worked tirelessly fundraising for Sickle Cell Foundation and the Anthony Nolan trust. (https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/lucretalapierre/) and received an MBE for her sterling achievements. She was supported by Leukaemia UK when first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia 3 years ago: https://buff.ly/2Kv5caN. She continued her struggle following a bone marrow transplant and worked hard despite her illness volunteering at junior parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hillyfields-juniors/news/2018/12/16/a-remembrance-run/ and many local community events.

Her poetry was unforgettable and encompassed her passion for her Caribbean heritage, her energy and wit. Her readings and performances bought them alive! https://twitter.com/JaneCanDoSE4/status/871626466785669122
She was a member of Inspired Word poets and published 'Meh Landing Frock' an anthology of her work. Here's one of her poems http://mango-chutney-rhymes.blogspot.com/search/label/nature

She still attended Hilly Fields parkrun when she could, once nipping out of hospital to get to the park for 9am and spend time with her friends! She was a brilliant runner who was also keen to encourage others. She will always remain a very special part of the parkrun family. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hillyfields/news/2018/11/28/our-good-friend-lucreta/

I’m running my first London Marathon in memory of Lucreta.

Jacqueline Francis