Tina Gomer's London Marathon Run for FOCUS

Tina and DexterWith the London Marathon in April, one determined and inspiring runner raised money to support cancer patients across Gloucestershire.

Tina Gomer, 46, challenged herself on Sunday, 24th April 2016, by running the exhausting and exhilarating 26-mile London Marathon.

Tina said: “Although this is the second time that I have run the London Marathon, my training for the race has really taken its toll. Half way into my training I picked up extensor tendonitis (foot injury). The following month I experienced severe lower back pain, hamstring and a hip injury. I was now faced with the difficult decision of whether to continue with the race or wave the white flag.”

Tina continued “At the beginning of the month I visited Cheltenham General Hospital where I was offered a tour of the Oncology department. At this moment it was no longer about the race, it was about helping people who are going through what my family experienced in 2010, a journey of fighting cancer.”

The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity is a charity close to Tina’s heart, particularly the FOCUS fund, supporting cancer patients of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Six years ago, Tina’s mum was a patient at the hospital, but sadly passed away. The treatment and care that her mum received has not been forgotten by the family. So with her loyal four-legged companion, Dexter (who has run 89 miles over 8 weeks), she has set her goal to be ready to compete at the start line and complete this Sunday’s race.

Fiona Hawkins, Fundraising Coordinator of the Hospitals Charity commented: “We’re so lucky to have such a fantastic and dedicated fundraiser like Tina, she’s a true inspiration. It’s been an emotional journey for Tina, but with her physical and mental strength, and the support shown from family and friends, she’s more determined than ever. We’re so grateful for the money Tina has raised so far through her JustGiving page; it will make such a difference to the Oncology department, enabling the department to buy equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. We cannot thank her enough for her efforts. Thank you and well done, Tina.”

Despite being unable to train accordingly, Tina had spent her days on turbo, watt and spin bikes, and testing her distances on cross trainers. Her minor injuries were nurtured and although the training plan was no longer in force, Tina was determined to be on the start line to raise money to make a difference to cancer patients, their families, friends and staff who treat them.

Tina has managed to raise an incredible £1,850 via donations from her friends, family and her place of work; Stroud Anytime Fitness. Many thanks to everyone who has supported Tina, the FOCUS Fund will really benefit from every penny raised!

To support Tina, visit her JustGiving Page: http://bit.ly/1RTkbvR

For further information about The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals charity, please visit: www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/charity

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