Radiotherapy and Oncology student smashes target to raise £450 for cancer charity

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:19:00 BST
Lauren has already more than tripled her original target
Lauren has already more than tripled her original target

A GCU student is raising money for Maggie’s cancer charity by running 50 miles during the month of August.

Fourth year Radiotherapy and Oncology student Lauren Stein has already more than tripled her original target of £150 after seeing the charity fundraiser on Facebook.

Lauren explained why she wanted to help out and how she’s been coping with the challenge.

She said: “In the field that I’m in, I see a lot of patients that have been to the Maggie’s centres and I always hear such great things about them and how they help patients cope with everything they’re going through.

I’m certainly not a runner and the thought of doing the challenge was a little daunting – I definitely wasn’t going to run 50 miles all at once.

I thought I would make the most of my time and set myself the challenge of a few miles each day.

At first I was really struggling but now I’ve ran just over 40 miles – I’m nearly there!”

Lauren is the latest success story from the Radiotherapy and Oncology programme, after money was previously raised for the LoveOliver cancer charity through a video and face masks.

She explained how surprised she was to raise the amount she has and why the students on her programme are always looking to make a difference.

Lauren said: “I’ve raised £470 which is amazing! I was really shocked because at first I was thinking I would struggle to reach the original target of £150 but it’s completely blown up.

It links in well to what we’re doing as a year group with LoveOliver. I think we were all inspired by that presentation we got last year from their founder and that’s definitely played a part in me doing this.

I just feel we’ve opened our personalities to it a lot. Our group of students are really caring and collectively we all just like to help out.”

You can support Lauren through the final few miles of her challenge by donating to Maggie’s here

By Ross Clark
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