Running for The Royal Marsden

The Royal Marsden

For this month’s charity, we wish to shine the light on the London Marathon. One of the largest annual fund-raising events in the world, runners from across the globe gather to race the 26.2 mile (42.195 km) course through the centre of London.

For most of the runners this is not only a race to test physical and mental endurance, but a race to honour others. Runners take to the line in tribute of loved ones, organisations and charities which have often offered support and hope in difficult times.

Last year over 2,000 charities benefitted from the London Marathon with a whopping £63.7 million raised which broke the world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for an incredible twelfth successive year.

This year we are hoping for another record. In support we are sharing Harry’s story and why he is running for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and its Critical Care Unit – a cause we are proud to support.

In September 2018, what was for most of us the end of a hot and enjoyable summer, Harry was facing the end of a 6 week long nightmare that sadly ended with the loss of his mother Ros to cancer.

From Harry’s story; Mum was wonderful. Though she spent most of the last twenty years working as the marketing director at old prep school that wasn't what defined her. She grew up all over the world and had experiences and stories that shaped my brother and I as we grew up. She had a diverse career that included working as a counsellor helping others to find their feet, and later as an elected councillor, again helping others this time with food banks and social housing. With mum there was always a theme - helping those who needed help, standing your ground and doing the right thing - whether it benefited you or not. As a mother, she was a moral compass and sounding board like no other. She may have been 5 ft 3, but she was a force of nature and there was steel behind the smile. I know that I am not the only one who misses her guidance daily.

As we understand from Harry’s story, Ros was an incredible woman. Not only did she spend her time representing her community she was resilient, continuing to work through her first bout of Breast Cancer in 2016 - a disease that affects over 55,000 people in the UK every year. Sadly, like so many others, she would not survive a recurrence of the same disease which took her life just over six months ago.

Ros was treated by The Royal Marsden in Sutton and Chelsea which cares for thousands.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day so we understand how valuable life is. And when people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best.

That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do. No matter what we achieve, we're always striving to do more. No matter how much we exceed expectations, we believe we can exceed them still further.

We will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. This attitude defines us all, and is an inseparable part of the way we work. It's The Royal Marsden way.

Life demands excellence.

During Ros’ treatment at The Royal Marsden, Harry and his family got to know the nurses and doctors, learning of their compassion, understanding, and capability. He saw how they treated everyone - patient, friend or family - with dignity and respect and how they went the extra mile. Harry saw how clearly The Royal Marsden cared for its patients with cutting edge treatment and incredible 24-hour care.

If it wasn’t for The Royal Marsden and the Critical Care Unit in Chelsea, Ros would have lost her battle earlier than she did, depriving her, Harry and his family of that crucial time to say goodbye.

It is for all these reasons and more, he and his girlfriend Lizzie have decided to run the London Marathon for The Royal Marsden and its Critical Care Unit. on Sunday 28th of April 2019.

We wish Harry, Lizzie and all the other marathon runners the best of luck.

We are honoured to be able to support you both and The Royal Marsden.

Please read the original story here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/milesforthemarsden

For more information about the Royal Marsden: https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/

For more information about the London Marathon 2019: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/