Are you in the running for the Swindon Half?

Posted: August 5, 2015

Dust off your trainers! Brighter Futures, charity for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is encouraging locals to consider running the half in support of its Radiotherapy Appeal. 

Taking place on 11 October, the 13.1 mile challenge will feature alongside the multi-terrain, wheelchair and fun run so there is something for newbie runners and seasoned veterans alike. 

The event, which is now in its 12th year, is the perfect opportunity to do your bit in helping to bring radiotherapy to Swindon. The appeal hit the £100,000 mark last week, but with a £2.9 million target, there is still a long way to go. 

Brighter Futures' very own Fundraising Administrator, Lisa Utting, is looking forward to taking part in the event, as it concludes a trio of half marathons she'll be running in support of the charity. 

Running has been transformative for Lisa and became the catalyst for a healthier life. She will be running this October in aid of the Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal which is a cause particularly close to her heart. 

Lisa said: "I started running, gave up smoking and I've never looked back. 

"I lost my uncle to cancer last year and I know that he struggled with travelling to Oxford for treatment. It may sound silly, but when you're that unwell such a long trip can put you off receiving the treatment you need. 

"Having radiotherapy available in Swindon will make a real difference to the lives of so many." 

Around 700 cancer patients a year from the Great Western Hospital are faced with a  70 mile round trip to Oxford's Churchill Hospital for radiotherapy treatment. Thanks to Brighter Futures' work with Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust (OUH) and the generosity of the local community, all of that could be set to change. 

Brighter Futures' is running a series of events to raise money to purchase the equipment, which will deliver the radiotherapy in OUH's new facility at GWH, set to open in 2017. 

Upcoming events include:

  • Charity carwash at Stratton Fire Station, 29 August
  • Hackpen Hill 10k Trail Run, 13 September
  • Ride for Radiotherapy bike ride, 20 September
  • Black and White Ball, 17 October
  • Rotary Club Run, 18 October 

For further details and to find out more about doing your bit visit www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk or contact Brighter Futures - 01793 605631/ fundraising@gwh.nhs.uk 

If you would like to sponsor Lisa, you can do so on her Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/RadiotherapyRacers 

Local people are also reminded to show their support on Facebook and Twitter by taking a #TheTimeIsNow selfie with a clock or watch.

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