Be a hero and help bring cancer care closer

Posted: March 29, 2016

Sign up for Brighter Futures' Superhero Run on Sunday 8 May

Brighter Futures is calling on all caped crusaders to help bring cancer care closer to Swindon by signing up for its Superhero Run on Sunday 8 May.
 
The event, which is being held in Lydiard Park, Swindon, is your chance to don your favourite superhero costume and run, jog or walk 5k or 10k to raise money for the Radiotherapy Appeal.
 
The run is open to all ages and entry is £15 for adults and £10 for under 16s. Everyone will receive a certificate and medal at the end of the run.
 
Entry is now open and spaces are limited, so sign up today at www.entrycentral.com/superhero   or contact the Brighter Futures team on 01793 605631.
 
Chloe Thomas, Community and Events Fundraiser for Brighter Futures, said: "This event is a great chance for family and friends to get dressed up as their favourite hero and help Swindon win the fight against cancer! 
 
"Even the little ones can get involved and wear their favourite super hero costume with pride. Or why not create your own superhero character? You don't have to don fancy dress to take part but prizes will be given for the best dressed."
 
Kate Shearing, from Swindon, is taking part in the Superhero Run in honour of her mum, Pauline, who has breast cancer.   
 
She said: "I would love to see a radiotherapy unit in Swindon as once my mum has finished her chemotherapy she will have to travel to Oxford every day for radiotherapy treatment.

"Luckily, there are a handful of us who will be able to take mum to Oxford but I know there are a lot of people out there for who travelling poses a problem.
 
"You feel a bit helpless when someone close to you has cancer, so for me, helping raise money for a cause that will make someone else's cancer journey and experience a little easier, has to be a step in the right direction."
 
Kate is taking on a series of challenges this year in aid of the Radiotherapy Appeal, including Bristol's 10k in May and Half Marathon in September and a skydive in June. She is hoping to raise £1,000 and you can show your support through her JustGiving page  www.justgiving.com/Kate-Shearing1
 
Brighter Futures is the registered charity of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which aims to raise £2.9 million to fund equipment for a new radiotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

The unit will be an expansion of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's radiotherapy service, meaning local cancer patients no longer have to make the 70-mile round trip to Oxford for treatment.
 
Local people are urged to continue their support for the Radiotherapy Appeal which has already raised £450,000 of the £2.9 million needed to bring radiotherapy to Swindon.
 
For more information visit  www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk

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