Brighter Futures called on all caped crusaders to help bring cancer care closer to the town at a Superhero Run on Sunday 8 May – and the heroes answered in numbers.
The event at Lydiard Park saw hundreds of people don their favourite superhero costume and run, jog or walk 5k or 10k to raise money for the Radiotherapy Appeal.
Chloe Thomas, Community and Events Fundraiser for Brighter Futures, said: “This event was a great chance for family and friends to dress up as their favourite hero and help Swindon win the fight against cancer. Even the little ones got involved; it was lovely to see them wearing their costume with pride.”
Kate Shearing, from Swindon, took 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 who will find the travelling 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, as well as a skydive in June. She is hoping to raise £1,000. Help her exceed her target at: 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.
The Radiotherapy Appeal has already raised £450,000 of the £2.9 million needed to bring radiotherapy to Swindon. However building work is due to start in June. Help the appeal at www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk