Marathon doctor raises over £2k for Pembroke Cancer Unit

A Salisbury doctor who ran the London Marathon for the Stars Appeal raised £2,120, which will go towards supporting patients with cancer at the Hospital.

Dr Niki Meston, who is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist at the Hospital, ran the London Marathon on Sunday, April 23 for our Pembroke Unit Fund. It was the tenth time she had taken part in the London Marathon and also her 70th marathon run.

Niki, who has worked at the Hospital for 10 years, also did the marathon in honour of her mum Maria, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016.

She says: “I’d like to say an enormous thank you to the people and groups who have sponsored me to take the money raised to over £2000! That’s incredible!

“And a very special thank you to my wonderful family who have supported me through all 70 marathons so far, especially this one for Mum, and to my 9-year old daughter Erin, who is proving to be my biggest supporter, but is entirely happy to leave the running to me (for now anyway).”

A special cheque presentation was held at the Pembroke Unit with Niki and her colleagues, including Stars Appeal Hospital Ambassador Dr Tracey Parker, a Consultant Haematologist. 

Your generous donations help support the Pembroke Unit by investing in the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment as well as enhancing the unit itself with furnishings, décor and artwork.

Donations also help fund projects supporting cancer patients including free aromatherapy, headwear for patients who lose their hair, free drinks for chemotherapy and oncology outpatients, and a prehabilitation programme offering one-to-one support to help patients prepare for surgery and treatment, which focuses on physical exercise, diet and weight, and mental health.


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