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Inspirational MBE winner runs half marathon for Northwood cancer charity
AN INSPIRATIONAL MBE award-winner has completed a half marathon in aid of a Northwood cancer charity which is treating one of his close friends.
Paul Wilgoss (left) entered the Liverpool Half Marathon to support John Hampton in raising funds for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, based at Mount Vernon Hospital in Rickmansworth Road.
So far, the pair have raised more than Â£1,000 for the independent charity, which provides state-of-the-art scanning services for the early diagnosis of cancer and other serious diseases.
Mr Hampton (right), 57, a married father-of-two, said: "Last year I was diagnosed with skin cancer and I have spent a lot of time using the facilities at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre. So when Paul asked me to nominate a charity for his fundraising activities, I immediately thought of the centre.
"Early identification is a key weapon in the battle against cancer and I'm grateful for Paul giving me the chance to raise money for such a worthwhile cause."
Mr Wilgoss, of Bootle, Liverpool, finished the race, on Sunday, March 27, in about two hours and 48 minutes, his fourth fastest half marathon.
Although he injured his Achilles heel on route, he has since been resting up and is now fighting fit again.
He said: "Cancer is one of the few things that can affect anyone at any time. John is a good bloke and if you can spare a few quid to help his cause then please do so!"
Mr Wilgoss was awarded an MBE last year for being a role model for people born with heart conditions.
His fundraising activities included leading a team of people with congenital heart disease along Hadrian's Wall, and walking and running 1,000 miles in one year.
His main focus is currently working with the Children's Heart Federation to improve opportunities for young people with heart conditions.
He was also recognised as one of the Co-Operative Bank's Inspirational Fundraisers of the year.
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has carried out more than 200,000 scans through generous voluntary donations and fundraising initiatives.
The charity needs more than Â£1million every year for new scanners to remain at the cutting edge of technology and offer patients the best chance of recovery.
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