Great North Run For Mum

On Sunday Richard Welch, 31, from Wandsworth in south-west London, was among 56,000 runners who hit the streets of Newcastle for the Great North Run half marathon.

He took on the challenge to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care, who provided support to his mother Anna, 59, from Orpington, when she was treated for endometrial (womb) cancer earlier this year.

Richard said: “When mum was in hospital she was lucky enough to have the support of the charity whose complementary therapists provided massage and reflexology sessions as well as stress management and beauty courses which meant the world to her and helped her cope with all her treatments.

“Now she has completed her treatment and is on the road to recovery I wanted to do something to make sure other people would continue to benefit from the charity.

“I had a great time on the run, and although it was hard work would definitely recommend it to other people to take part. One of my highlights has to have been picking up a water bottle from Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE and running across the Tyne Bridge.”

The Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services provide practical and psychological support to people living with cancer, their families and carers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

Charity director Robin Pritchard said: “We rely solely on donations from people like Richard to enable us to continue to support people living with cancer so it’s hugely inspiring for us that he took on such a great charity challenge and did so well.”

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