When reaching the age of 71, not many people are in training for a half marathon. But cancer patient, Geoff Hudd, is doing exactly that. After 2 years careful monitoring Geoff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and has since undergone treatment within the cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital. In 2013 Geoff Hudd is planning to run the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd March to say thank you for the care he has received, by raising sponsorship for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign has been selected by race organisers as the 2013 Bath Half Marathon Featured Appeal. The Campaign aims to raise £5 million over the next 4 years to go towards building a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH. Geoff Hudd who lives in Bath comments: “In all of the last 4 years, I have been given the staff’s undivided and friendly attention for as long as I’ve needed it. The Urology and Oncology departments of the RUH are brilliant – so please help to raise funds to give them and their patients the premises and facilities they so much deserve.”
Following his diagnosis in 2010, Geoff Hudd had his prostate gland removed. He was thoroughly impressed by the professional and caring manner of his consultant team, nursing and admin staff then, and again after his cancer reappeared and he underwent 6 weeks daily radiotherapy treatment 4 months ago. Geoff, who completed the 2012 Bath Half Marathon in 2hours 15 minutes, continues: “I’m sure I’m not the only patient to receive such brilliant treatment. Are you another? If so, why not join me and run the next Bath Half? The Forever Friends Appeal have places available. But if that’s not for you, please do sponsor me or one of the other Ted’s Team runners.”
Now general public entries have closed, Silver Bond places are becoming much more sought after and The Forever Friends Appeal charity have Silver Bond places available. People who are keen to sign up with a Forever Friends Appeal Silver Bond place in the Bath Half are asked to pay an initial silver bond donation of £35 and pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so be sure to get your entry in as soon as possible.
Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “Everybody has a different reason why the want to run the Bath Half Marathon. Some people want to get fit, others like a challenge, whilst many, like Geoff, take part to say thank you for the care they or a friend or family member has received at the RUH. We still have silver bond places available in the race, so now is the time to sign up and start training! We really need you to help us raise as much as possible for the new Cancer Unit – so please do choose to join our team.”
The current facilities in which the RUH delivers its cancer services date back to the 1940’s when they were hurriedly constructed for injured WWII service personnel. Although the staff provide a level of service that is amongst the best in theUK, the facilities are far from ideal. The new Cancer Centre aims to balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment. The new Centre will be a joint NHS / charitably funded project with the parties contributing 75% / 25% respectively towards the total building cost of £20.5 million.
To sign up with your Ted’s Team place today click here to download your registration form. For more information on the Bath Half Marathon, visit the website www.bathhalf.co.uk. To sponsor Geoff, please send a cheque to The Forever Friends Appeal – contact details available on the website – or telephone 01225 825823.
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