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Bruce Ralston, a partner at Beachcroft, braved the elements at the Loch NessMarathon to raise over £2,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s (QEHB) cancer appeal. Bruce took on the challenge to show his gratitude to the hospital that had cared for his wife when she was very ill, suffering from a rare form of bowel cancer.
“Following the amazing treatment that my wife received, I was keen to give something back to the hospital,” explained Bruce. “So it seemed the obvious choice to help them to raise money for a new CyberKnife machine to help all cancer patients.
“I had done the London Marathon nearly ten years ago and said ‘never again’ but the cause was just enough to pull me out of retirement!
“My original target was to raise £1,000 but this was soon exceeded following people’s overwhelming donations – I’ve been really touched by everyone’s generosity. “The race began early in the morning with mist and rain which soon descended into torrential hailstones so I was soaked after the first five miles! However, once the sun came out and the clouds started to lift to reveal the mountains and the breathtaking scenery, it all became worthwhile.
“I hit the wall after 20 miles or so, and no amount of Highland fudge offered by generous locals was going to make me feel better. The last hour was a really hard slog but the first pint in the bar once I crossed the finish line soon sorted that out.”
The annual marathon starts at Fort Augustus at the foot of Loch Ness in the Highlands. It follows the loch’s eastern shore, culminating in the centre of Inverness. The QEHB cancer appeal is fundraising to provide some of the world’s most advanced cancer treatment machines that will help treat many more cancer patients and make the hospital one of the leading hospitals in the world for cancer treatment and trials.
Anyone wishing to support Bruce in his fundraising can do so at www.justgiving.com/James-Ralston or for more information about the QEHB charity, please visit www.qehb.org.