Just two weeks after she had been given the news that her mum had cancer, Jo Grimes from Peasdown St John, was told her father-in-law Roger had also been diagnosed with the illness. After a tough 14 months for the family, Marlene passed away on the 12th April 2012 and Roger just three days later. Jo therefore made the decision to do something positive in their memory and has signed up to join Ted’s Team and run the 2014 Bath Half Marathon in support of The Forever Friends Appeal.
Following their diagnosis in February 2011, both had regular visits to the Royal United Hospital for various scans, test and treatments. At times they had appointments in the same week or on the same day and became regular visitors for chemotherapy and other treatment.
Both Marlene and Roger were admitted to the William Budd ward in adjacent bays. Jo comments: “The care and treatment provided by the staff was amazing but done in very dated buildings badly in need of replacing. Now The Forever Friends Appeal are raising funds towards the build of a completely new centre. So I thought I’d attempt the Bath Half – something I’d always wanted to be able to say I’ve done and what better reason to do it? Mum never complained about her illness or any of the tests or treatments she received and actually most people didn’t even know what was wrong with her. I can assure you I have complained about training a whole lot more and let’s face it running a few miles is nothing compared to what mum, Roger and every other cancer patient goes through.”
Jo continues: “Cancer treatment is improving daily and with this new Centre more people will have a much nicer place to receive their treatment. So this is my challenge in memory of them both and to recognise the work done by all the staff at the hospital involved in their care and if I raise a few pounds along the way even better. We cannot thank the staff enough!”
Running alongside Jo on race day are several of her colleagues from local Solicitors Withy King, who are also raising funds to support the new Cancer Centre.
Silver Bond places for The Forever Friends Appeal are still available and can be purchased for just a £35 initial donation, with a pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175. But please be quick, as the entry deadline is Thursday 23rd January 2014. This popular race, located in the historic city of Bath, will take place on Sunday 2nd March and the Appeal team are thrilled that local print and mail company, CFH Docmail, are sponsoring Ted’s Team in 2014.
The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is currently over half way to achieving its aim of raising £8.5 million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones, comments: “The new Cancer Centre will transform the care of our patients and their families here at the RUH – making them feel safe, supported and special at what is a very difficult time. We wish Jo, her colleagues and everyone running with Ted’s Team best of luck with their next few weeks training and we look forward to cheering them all around the 13.1 mile course on race day!”
To sponsor Jo, please visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Jo-Grimes2.
If you would like to join Jo and run the 2014 Bath Half Marathon to raise funds towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital (or perhaps another department in the hospital that is close to your heart) please visit our BHM page or call the Events Team on 01225 821535.