Cancer survivor from Sudbury finishes first ever marathon to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital's My Wish charity
A cancer survivor from Sudbury, who completed her first ever marathon this year, expressed her gratitude to the hospital that supported her, as she donated more than £1,000 to charity.
Emma Richbell, 47, of Newton Croft, ran the Brighton Marathon in five hours, 15 minutes, after she felt inspired to give something back to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where she has received treatment following a diagnosis of breast cancer eight years ago.
Having gone into remission following nine months of treatment back in 2011, before undergoing further surgery in 2017, she took up running with the Sudbury-based Sunday Runday Funday group, supported by her husband Paul.
After finishing the Colchester Half-Marathon and the Great East Run, she decided to take on a full marathon for the benefit of the My Wish charity, which operates out of West Suffolk Hospital, and raised £1,315.10 in the process.
“Being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 was a bit of a shock to say the least,” Emma said. “But the staff in the Breast Care and Oncology departments at West Suffolk Hospital were just brilliant.
“Some physical and mental scars remained but I was discharged with the reassuring status of disease-free.
“I am so pleased with the result. I could not be more grateful and the treatment I received at the hospital was absolutely fantastic.
“So when I decided I wanted to run a marathon, running for West Suffolk Hospital’s My Wish charity was the obvious choice.
“I was really hoping to complete the course and enjoy it, and I was pretty pleased I finished it, which was the icing on the cake.”
This month, Emma, who works as a food and safety officer for Babergh District Council, presented a cheque to Amy Hatch, fundraising officer for the My Wish charity.
The money will go towards the charity’s Love Your Nodes appeal, an ongoing campaign launched in 2016 to fund a SentiMag machine, which is used to remove cancerous lymph nodes for breast cancer patients.