Through the highs and the lows: Why Carly is fundraising for St Bartholomew’s cancer services

09 May 2018

“I wasn't originally planning to run for a charity, but when I did decide to, it had to be Barts!” says Carly, who is preparing for the 13.1 mile run of the Hackney Half Marathon.

Carly’s mother (pictured with Carly above) started treatment at St Bartholomew’s Hospital four years ago. In the midst of a trying time, Carly says that the hard-working NHS staff provided incredible support: “Even at our lowest points the staff have been able to lift my mum and us all as a family.”

“I think that what has stood out for me most is the support from everyone that works there. You never feel rushed in your appointments and I have always felt like my mum has been in good hands. I know from my mum that she has felt that there is always someone at the end of the phone if she has any concerns. The reception team even know when she likes her appointments! We have been so lucky with the treatment opportunities we have been given.”

Now, Carly is working hard to raise money for the hospital’s cancer services so that they can continue to provide high-quality care. Despite her initial misgivings, she has been training hard: “I signed up to the Hackney Half as a challenge for me to complete before I turned 30 (and shortly after thought ‘why am I doing this?!’)”

“The best part is definitely the sense of achievement, I never used to be able to run to the end of the road and now I'm hitting 9 miles!” The worst part? “Getting out there in the cold.”

Rain or shine, Carly has been training and fundraising for the team who supported her mother and countless others. She has already raised over £350 and is still going! Thank you, Carly, for your dedication and support. Keep an eye out for her this Sunday in the Hackney Half Marathon.

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