Cancer unit team take on Leeds 10k

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They ran in the very first Leeds 10k back in 2007.

And now this dedicated team of cancer specialists are gearing up to again take part in the race, along with many of their colleagues.

The 21-strong team from the Chemotherapy Unit at St James’s Hospital are raising money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, where they work.

Nurses, healthcare assistants, ward clerks and the housekeeper are among those preparing to put their best feet forward in the event on Sunday in Leeds city centre.

Staff nurse Ian Marshall said: “Eight of us from the previous chemotherapy unit, at the former Cookridge Hospital, ran for charity in the very first Leeds 10k in 2007.

“In January this year we were chatting about how a few of us had done the Leeds 10k in 2007 when Senior Sister Alyson Beckett, who had also done the 2007 event, suggested we get a team together for this year’s 10k.

“The rest is history and we now have 21 staff taking part this year.

“We are a great team who love to support and help our patients through their treatment.”

Ian has previously raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support by trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, while preparations for the Leeds 10k have included doing the Manchester 10k event.

All money raised by the team will help their patients by funding specialist medical equipment and home comforts for those undergoing treatment, as well as funding vital research and arts projects to improve the hospital environment.

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