A Nottingham nurse has raised funds for brain tumour research by running the London marathon.
Rebecca Ellis, a 34 year old neuro-oncology nurse, was inspired by her patients to take up the challenge. She completed the 26 mile course in four hours 21 minutes and raised £1,700 for Brain Tumour UK.
She said: “Training was hard, I had to take days off of work to fit the running in at times, but it has been so worthwhile. I have run more than 500 miles since January for my training.”
She was supported during her training by Zoe Fletcher, a teacher at her son’s school. Ms Ellis explained: “Zoe has run several marathons herself and set me a training schedule…I couldn’t have done it without her.”
This was Ms Ellis’ first London Marathon and she hopes to continue raising funds for the charity.
Claire Glazebrook, Brain Tumour UK’s head of fundraising, said: “A brain tumour can rob people of their sight, hearing, speech and the ability to run…The funds raised through events such as the London Marathon will help our charity continue to provide much-needed support, fund vital research and raise awareness, to help everyone affected by the condition.”
Around 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in the UK and a further 32,000 people may develop brain cancer from a tumour elsewhere in the body.