A PERSHORE woman who had a mastectomy at the end of last year and was cared for by the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for the charity which supported her when she needed it.
Mandy Neal went for a routine screening on November 16 last year and was called back to be given the diagnosis in on December 7.
She had DCIS breast cancer which can only be picked up by a mammogram.
She had surgery on December 19 and recovered really well – she was back running four weeks after her operation.
Mandy already had a place in this year’s London Marathon and said after personally receiving such brilliant service and care from the unit during diagnosis and aftercare she decided to run the race in aid of the charity.
She is hoping to raise £1,000 for the cause and is already halfway to to her target.
Mandy has completed four marathons so far and her best time to date in 4hrs, 5mins and 47sec.
On April 28 she will be hoping to complete the 26.2miles in under four hours and as part of her fund-raising she is also holding a ‘guess the time’ competition.
People can have a guess for a minimum donation of £1 and the winner will get a prize of £75.
She said: “My training has been going well – I managed to do a fast ten-mile run on Sunday around the Worcester Pedway Circuit.”
The Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven is a small independent charity which does not receive funding from the big national breast cancer charities or the NHS, relying solely on donations.
It offers free weekly complementary therapies and funds a number of other services, including a Lifestyle and Nutrition Post Breast Cancer course at the University of Worcester, a walking group, a garden for patients and their family and friends and mastectomy bras for patients.
The charity also organises well-being evenings and hosts regular ‘Look Good Feel Better’ sessions.
Its aim is to make the Worcestershire Breast Unit one of the best in the UK.
Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for ‘Mandy Neal’ to find her fund-raising page and donate.