Two brothers, Alex and Ollie, completed a gruelling fundraising challenge in honour of two special people last weekend. Between the 22 and 24 July, they ran three marathons in three days! To date they have raised over £10,400 with all proceeds going to Lymphoma Action.
Richard Doxey, Alex’s best friend and Andrew Marshall, Ollie’s dad and Alex’s step dad, both NHS doctors’, were diagnosed with lymphoma just weeks apart.
The marathon routes were a trip down memory lane, with many significant stops along the way. The first marathon took place in Yorkshire where Richard and Andrew were born and raised. Day two went through Alex and Ollie’s home county of Derbyshire, beginning in Church Broughton Village and finishing at the Royal Derby Hospital, where both Richard and Andrew are currently being treated. The third and final marathon took place in Buckinghamshire, ending in Aylesbury at The Bell Hotel where a celebration event was held with an outside bar, kids entertainment and BBQ.
“We want to say a huge thank you to Alex and Ollie” says Sarah Thorn, Community and Partnerships Manager at Lymphoma Action. “We also want to commend their strength and determination for completing this incredible challenge! In the UK, 53 people a day receive a lymphoma diagnosis making it the most common blood cancer. Our vision is to ensure nobody has to face lymphoma alone and with amazing people supporting us like this, we can move closer to achieving that.”