Liz Hills, 61, a retired teacher, is walking 25km through the streets of London on Friday 7th June to try and raise £300 for Dimbleby Cancer Care. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and underwent treatment at Guys Hospital.
All money raised from the event will going towards the charity’s work at Guy’s Cancer Centre and the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup providing practical and psychological support for those going through cancer and their carers and family, with its current focus this year on its recently launched national directory of support services www.cancercaremap.org.
She said: “It was during my first session of chemotherapy when I was feeling extremely anxious that a very nice lady quietly approached me and asked if I would like a foot massage. Well, I had never had a massage in my life but I thought this might take my mind off the toxic chemicals which were being injected into me! It did! I later discovered that this was Dimbleby Cancer Care in action – and it was amazing.
“I continued to have massages and 10 months later when I was thinking about going back to work my oncologist referred me to one of the charity’s counsellors for some help with my work situation. I had an appointment within a week. Again – amazing! This is why I want to help raise money for the charity – so other people with cancer can get the help and support that I did.”
Liz is currently in good health and looking forward to the challenge. She is training through weekly sessions at the gym and lots of walks with her dog, Tagwen.
Walk50 is a 12km, 25km or 50km walk through the night. Starting on the banks of the River Thames at Westminster Bridge and finishing at Guy’s Cancer Centre, next to the iconic Shard, the route takes participants past many of the capital’s famous landmarks, including Lambeth Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and many more! Refreshments will be served along the way.
Robin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “Hearing from people like Liz, who the Dimbleby services have helped, is so rewarding and confirms that the first-class care and support our team offer is vital in aiding recovery. After everything that Liz has been through the last few years it is so inspiring to see her take on this challenge for us. We wish her the best of luck.”
Registration starts from just £15 and people are being asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible. Those taking part in the Family 12km event are asked to raise £100 per person/ £300 per family, £300 each for the 25km and £500 each for the 50km. The 25km and 50km challenges are open to those 16 years or older only. So far the fundraising has reached over £12,500. To make a donation click here.