Couple’s marathon effort raises hundreds for cancer charity

Sheffield Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy's Michael and Joyce Lee have raised almost £800 for new regional cancer research and treatment facilities by completing the Paris Marathon.

Michael and Joyce ran the 26.2 mile race around the streets of the French capital in support of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.

Michael, a specialist physiotherapist and sports scientist at Sheffield Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy, and his wife Joyce signed up for the 37th annual marathon after being inspired by Joyce’s mum who is in remission from leukaemia in Hong Kong.

The money raised will help Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity which needs to raise £1.5 million this year in order to fund pioneering cancer research and to help improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer. This includes raising funds for a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at the hospital.

Michael, who ran the Paris Marathon in 2012, said: “Every year, more than 8,000 people are diagnosed with cancer.  At Sheffield Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy, we're big believers in research and it’s great to know our support of Weston Park will help improve treatments, clinical trials and care for people who are living with cancer.”

Over the last 18 months, Sheffield Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy has raised more than £2,300 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity through a number of charitable activities.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and serves a population of nearly 1.8million people from all across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

Tina Harrison, Acting Deputy Director of the Cancer Charity, said: “Thanks to Michael and Joyce for their support. Every penny raised helps us to provide the very best levels of treatment and care for people living with cancer, which sadly, will affect one in three people during their lifetime.”

For more information or to sponsor Michael and Joyce visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Mitotherapycharity.