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Brecon Beacons 10 mile run

A huge thank you to Emily Collins, Deputy Divisional Manager of Cancer Division at UCH for raising an amazing £1,180 by taking part in a 10 mile run in the Brecon Beacons. Emily said: “The UCH Cancer Fund enables us to provide services and equipment for cancer patients and their families above and beyond what the NHS is able to afford. As a member of the board of the Fund, I know how every penny is spent and the difference that it makes to the experience of our patients. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who supported me to raise money for the Fund (which made running uphill in zero degrees a little less painful!).”

The Breadhand Ramblers conquer the Three Peaks

“In 2012 my close friend Vikky decided that it would be great for our children to ditch the midterm football camps and long lie-ins and challenge them to climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. So in October 2012 we joined forces with another family and became the Breadhand Ramblers.
Snowdon was our first climb (3,560ft) and off we trekked knowing nothing about the right gear to have or indeed the perils of climbing any mountain above 1,000ft! We successfully conquered Snowdon with everyone intact even if my son, Ollie did refuse at one point to climb down, realising that there was a “cheats” way by getting the train down. Despite the hurricanes of October 2013 we successfully manoeuvred Scafell Pike (3,209ft) and in July 2014 we ventured to Fort William, some by train, car and motorbike for a week to climb Ben Nevis (4,406ft). By this point we had become “seasoned” ramblers – no cheap boots, drinks from “bladder” bags for those in the know and all the latest and lightest hiking gear from the trendiest outdoor retailers. I am pleased to report that all eleven of us ranging from the ages of 10 years old to 55 successfully did our climb in six hours. The weather in Scotland was positively Mediterranean and at the top, clear views of the United Kingdom – apparently a rare event for the summit not be covered in fog.
Our group did our last climb to raise money for the UCH Cancer Fund which supports all the great services provided in the Support and Information Service.”

Lallita Carballo Clinical Lead for Supportive Cancer Care and joint Head of the Macmillan Support and Information Service