‘Snow-stopping them’ – annual charity run took place despite weather

A woman diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago braved the snow to take part in a charity event on Sunday.

Nicola King, who was diagnosed with cancer on 27 April last year, has had eight rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and 15 sessions of radiotherapy.

She said: “I’m here in the snow and I’ve raised £575 for this.

“It’s a great cause, it’s really good what they do to help people who are suffering from cancer. I think it’s brilliant.”

Ms King walked the route with her family to support the Cavendish Cancer Care’s annual run.

The run, called Sheffield Together 2018, offered either a 5k or 10k route which people could run, jog or walk.

Nicola King, at the start of Sunday’s route

Cavendish Cancer Care was formed in 1991 and has supported many local people living with cancer. Last year it helped 1,600 Sheffield families.

Cressida Goodison, of Totley Athletics Club, said: “We’re here today because last May I was diagnosed with a serious brain tumour, I’ve been very ill and I’ve had lots of support from the Cavendish Centre and lots of support from Western Park as well.”

Ms Goodison said she wanted to give something back and help raise money for the charity which had supported her and her family.

She added: “I finish my chemotherapy tomorrow so I didn’t know if I would be well enough to run.”

Cressida Goodison (right) with relatives before the run

Chloe James, Events Officer for Cavendish Cancer Care, said the event had been run every year for the last five years and the main focus was to get people involved.

She said: “One way or another, cancer affects one in two people, so putting on an event that everyone can get involved in is a great opportunity to bring Sheffield together and put our charity’s name on the map.”

As a small, local, independent charity, Ms James said the Cavendish Cancer Care charity relied upon the local community and fundraising events to continue their work.

Ms James added the weather had caused some challenges and the charity had spent four days going up to the course and checking it was safe.

She said: “We always think it’s going to be a nice spring day and it doesn’t always turn out like that. Hopefully it’ll be a great day either way, even if it’s not beautiful sunshine.”


Sonia Twigg

MA Journalism, Sheffield University @sonia_255