A mum of four from Rochester is taking on the 2019 London Marathon in April for the first time to raise funds for Maidstone Hospital’s Kent Cancer Centre.

Julia Harrison, a NHS discharge coordinator was inspired to take on the 26.2 mile challenge after her father was successfully treated last year for prostate cancer at the Centre. Julia is one of only 3,000 women to have a ‘Good for Age’ place in the event and hopes to raise over £1,200.

Julia said: “My Father received fantastic care from staff and thankfully following radiotherapy treatment from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust he has now received the all clear.

“I’m excited about running the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April which will be a real challenge. I’m combining early morning runs with a busy family and work life but the hard work will be worth it to raise funds for such an important cause.”

The Kent Cancer Centre provides oncology services to Kent, Medway and East Sussex. It offers a full range of chemotherapy and supportive treatments at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals and Radiotherapy services in Maidstone and Kent & Canterbury Hospitals.

Brachytherapy is provided at Maidstone Hospital for gynaecological and prostate cancers. An 18 bedded inpatient haemato-oncology ward provides inpatient treatments for haematological cancers (leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma).

To sponsor Julia please visit her Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julia-harrisonx

If you are inspired by Julia’s story to fundraise for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Charitable Fund please contact Laura Kennedy, Fundraising Manager, Tel 01622 26428 or email laura.kennedy8@nhs.net.