Doctor Dorothy Goddard, who has recently retired as director of the Breast Cancer Unit at the Royal United Hospital Bath and is now Associate Medical Director for Cancer Strategy at the Trust, is preparing to walk 80 miles on the Great Wall of China in September.
This is to raise money for the Forever Friends Appeal to build a new Cancer Centre at the RUH, and accompanying her will be her husband, Dr Hugh Goddard, who retired from General Practice in Wells in 2012 but still works as a GP locum in Somerset.
Dorothy and Hugh, who live in Wells and are keen walkers in their spare time, have both spent their careers caring for many cancer patients.
As one in three people will eventually develop cancer at some point in their lives, they feel that fundraising for the hospital appeal is very worthwhile and say “walking the Great Wall of China will be an exciting adventure but a significant challenge which we hope people will support”.
The new Cancer Centre, which is due to open in 2017/18, will provide the latest specialist state-of-the-art equipment for treating cancer in a modern spacious building to optimise the experience of patients and their families, and with the most up-to-date facilities and services to provide them with ongoing support.
The trek along the Great Wall, with 14 others in the group, will take place over six days accompanied by Chinese guides.
They will be walking an average of four to seven hrs a day, and staying in local houses for part of the time.
Hugh and Dorothy will be paying their own travel and accommodation expenses so all money raised will go towards the Cancer Centre.
If you would like to sponsor them go to www.doitforcharity.com/dorothyg or www.doitforcharity.com/Hughgoddard