Swindon cancer patient to run marathon for Macmillan

By Jessica Durston - 17 September 2021


Swindon man Thomas Bolter is due to run the Virgin London Marathon this October.

The 33-year-old father of two, is set to run this marathon course on Sunday, 3 October.

After having been married for four years and with two children under three years old, Tom received a diagnosis for rectal cancer and started treatment on Christmas Eve last year. He said this was a huge shock for him as he is fit and healthy with an active job on a working farm.

After nine cycles of chemotherapy plus radiotherapy, Tom said he is determined to get back to full strength for his family and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He said: “Macmillan has been an incredibly helpful, informative and supportive cancer service for my mother, who died when she was just 38, my grandfather and now for my grandmother and me.

“Whilst it might seem a little crazy to take on the marathon just a few weeks after completing radiotherapy, my oncologist tells me that things are progressing exceptionally well.”

Tom has already raised more than £11,400 including gift aid, by sharing his story widely, though friends, family and social media.

Tom has even returned to work part-time in the family business, the well-known Roves Farm attraction at Sevenhampton, which has also publicised Tom’s campaign.

Macmillan Relationship Fundraising Manager, Ryan Howarth, said: “Everyone who takes part in The Virgin London Marathon for Macmillan has their own special reason and the funds they raise help us to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”

Donation for Tom's marathon can be made at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thomas-bolter  

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