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Doctor smiling to the finish line for RUH

On Sunday 26th April much loved Bath Doctor Jiten Doshi, 33, will be lining up alongside thousands of runners at the start-line of the Virgin Money London Marathon in anticipation of the 26.2 miles ahead. He is gritting his teeth and smiling to the finish line to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

As a long standing member of the Bath community and Doctor at the Royal United Hospital, as well as a former pupil at King Edwards School, Jiten is dedicated to giving something back to his hometown. He has recently taken over at the Pultney Dental Practice on Argyle Street, when his family dentist retired in 2013.

Jiten comments:  “I have worked at the Oral and Maxillofacial surgery department at the RUH for the past eight years. As a 16 year old school boy, I did my work experience in the same department and was later fortunate enough to be offered a permanent position as a Specialty Doctor. With the addition of Pultney Dental Practice, it really is fantastic to treat the patients of Bath and the South West in the place I grew up and continue to live.”

Having worked with the RUH’s Oral & Maxillofacial department for the last eight years, involved in the medical and surgical management of Oral and Skin Cancer patients, Jiten understands first-hand the incredible work that takes place in the Oncology department. Jiten has treated so many patients who have experienced the current facilities and is passionate about the new Cancer Centre that will allow clinicians to continue delivering a high standard of care into the future. He has also been affected by cancer even closer to home, having recently lost his aunt to lung cancer.

Jiten explains: “Being diagnosed with cancer is a life changing, devastating experience. We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic department at the RUH, with advanced treatment and staff to help throughout the patient journey. However a new Cancer Centre is now needed to upgrade the outdated facilities, that can only improve patient care and the healing process. I have seen then impact this can have on patient lives, their family and the emotional aspect of being diagnosed with cancer. Sadly I recently lost my aunt to cancer and therefore plan to run the London Marathon in her memory and raise funds for this new Centre at the Hospital.”

The Appeal’s current focus is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RoyalUnitedHospital in Bath.

In the lead up to the London Marathon Jiten is training tirelessly. He has already completed the Vitality Bath Half on 1st March and is busy clocking up over 200 training miles in preparation. Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “Jiten is a truly inspirational person – running a full marathon is no easy feat! Every year the Royal United Hospital treats of 2,200 new patients with cancer. The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5 million towards an exceptional new Cacner Centre, where every part is designed around the patient journey and experience. It will transform care for patients and their families as well as the staff, like Jiten, at the RUH. We wish his the very best of luck and hope he smiles with every step!”

If you would like to sponsor Jiten and support the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/jiten-doshi1