Family’s Seaford festival in memory of loved one

Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid
Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid

A family has launched a brand new festival to support a new cancer centre in Sussex following the loss of their loved one to cancer.

Liz Reid lost her battle with cancer in 2013 and her son Martin Hayman, a fitness and nutrition expert, was keen to find out more about the dietary and nutritional advice she received.

After investigating and working with a number of cancer charities he was surprised to find out the correct nutrition and a healthy diet can have a positive effect on certain types of cancer. Despite the tragic circumstances, Martin, his sister Eleanor and cousin Scott decided to help others by promoting the information and helping others in the future.

In 2012 the family lost three close relatives within the space of a year. Following this, Martin’s mother received a late diagnosis of severe cervical cancer and after a painful series of chemotherapy, she passed away in January 2013 just two months before her grandson was born.

Eleanor set up a raffle at her mum’s wake in the community pub raising more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a support service who Mrs Reid was very fond of during her treatment.

“Martin and Scott pushed forward with their idea of a fitness festival to raise awareness about a healthy diet and healthy living.

The Fit4Life Festival one-day event will be held at the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford on Saturday, September 19, and will be focused around promoting active sports and healthy living, as well as raising money for The Macmillan Horizon Centre. The festival is being run by Martin’s company Focus Performance, an online sports nutrition provider, and being supported by Friday Ad.

Martin said: “The Fit4Life Festival is our way of doing something very positive for the people in our community after the loss of our mum.

“Raising the awareness of healthy living, nutrition and active sports to keep healthy for longer is also key to the message of Focus Performance.

“Through fun and play we hope to educate all ages as well as raising money for the Macmillan Horizon Centre.

“Some cancer cells feed on sugar so diet is clearly important, not just for the fight against cancer but for the prevention of heart disease and diabetes too.”

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