A Hemsworth man has raised £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in the Run for All Leeds 10K.
Tim Hattersley, 60, decided to take part in the event following his wife Bev’s successful treatment for breast cancer at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.
Having not run for years, Tim began training and ran 5K every week to build up his stamina. As his fitness improved, he managed to complete some preparatory 10Ks in the gym and on local roads before the main event.
Tim’s aim was to finish the 10K in under an hour and a half, and he smashed his goal by crossing the finish line in one hour, 17 minutes and five seconds.
Tim said: “Bev and I met seven years ago and married three years ago. We were having the best years of our lives together when Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the devastating news Bev went through nine months of all that cancer demands but did so with a smile and a determination to get through.
“The support from the team at St James’s was fantastic and we cannot thank the nurses, doctors, consultants and specialists enough. Behind the scenes, however, are those oft unsung heroes who do all the research into the disease and whose work makes everything possible for the hospital team to succeed.
“Bev is doing great and so at the end of the main treatment I decided to give something back – to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting screening programmes and funding innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.
Tim continued: “My decision to run the Leeds 10K and indeed my slogan was based on two facts – ‘I hate running but I hate cancer more’. The day began well with a bright and sunny forecast. I got to the start line early and was amazed by the enthusiasm and excitement.
“Great camaraderie along the way and essential water supplies as the temperature was well into the 20s helped the race along. Bev and our family were there to greet me and we had a superb family picnic to celebrate – medal proudly hanging around my neck. I still hate cancer but not running so much. The true heroes are those who have made Bev well – that team of brilliant people who care so much.”
Patsy Robertshaw, Head of Relationships at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you and congratulations to Tim. As well as taking on a huge challenge physically, he also managed to raise an incredible amount of money to help more people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. It’s been great having Tim as a member of Team Yorkshire and we’re glad Bev’s treatment was a success.”
For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire.
Picture Caption: 1) Tim Hattersley raised £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in the Run for All Leeds 10K.
2) Tim Hattersley with his wife Bev after he completed the Run for All Leeds 10K to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 02/08/2017
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