I am taking on the London Marathon on crutches on April 23rd. This is a personal challenge and also an opportunity for me to fund raise for Macmillan Cancer (Woolverstone Wish) - a charity that is close to my heart because of the tremendous care, treatment and support that I have received at Ipswich Hospital since I was diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Every year 4,200 people in Suffolk are diagnosed with cancer. It is estimated that this number will double by 2030. Work is underway with the Ipswich NHS Trust to build the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre to improve the experience of people affected by cancer in Suffolk, North Essex and South Norfolk. The Ipswich Hospital Charitable Trust has committed £1m to the new project, including all the money raised by the Woolverstone Wish appeal. To make the centre a reality they need to raise a further £3.7m. The new centre will transform cancer services for people in the region. The new chemotherapy suites will have space for 30 people rather than the current over-subscribed capacity of 12, giving the best possible environment for patients.
Since 1983 I have completed 15 Ironman competitions and more than 100 marathons across the globe, as well as taking part in numerous distance swims. Being diagnosed with cancer has made me more determined to show that I can still achieve my fitness goals. Many people who are diagnosed with cancer sit back and accept that it is the end. I want to motivate them to feel that they can still have aims and live their life to the full.