Southmead Hospital manager runs 5k a day in October

Jack, who has worked here at Southmead Hospital for 14 years, is taking on an epic challenge this October to raise money for the Bristol Breast Care Centre. He’s taking on the challenge in honour of his mum, who was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

“When mum was diagnosed, it hit us really hard as a family. It was so unexpected. I felt that I had to do everything I could to be with her, not knowing what the next few months of treatment would bring. Would she be really sick? Would she lose her hair?

“Early detection of breast cancer is key in survival and treatment, so if I can get people talking about the challenge, I hope to raise vital awareness of this disease and help more people like my mum. I’ve seen first-hand just how outstanding the level of care is at the centre and wider hospital, and this challenge is my way of saying thank you.”

Jack set off from the Bristol Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital on Friday 1 October, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He’ll return to the centre on Sunday 31 October to finish his challenge, which will see him run a whopping minimum of 155km. How incredible is that?

“Mum isn’t a runner, however being the supportive mum she is, she’ll be joining me for one which means a lot to me. She is as strong as ever, having been in remission since her surgery. I’ll have to see how that run goes before I can convince her to do more with me!

“I know there will be a few tears throughout my challenge, but they’ll be happy tears. I have a happy and healthy mum, and I know I’m going to feel a real sense of achievement at not only running so far but at raising vital awareness and money to help people with breast cancer.”

Jack has already smashed his initial target and now hopes to raise even more money for the centre. To sponsor him, visit his fundraising page.

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