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Marathon effort to help cancer patients

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A physiotherapist has completed two marathons to raise money to buy equipment for patients who are battling head and neck cancer.

Catherine Slater who works in critical care at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ran the Snowdonia marathon and also completed the Isle of Man mountain marathon, which involves running 33 miles over eight mountains.

She raised £350 which paid for new communication boards to help head and neck cancer patients to communicate following treatment.

Catherine said: “Most patients following surgery can’t speak. We’re very good at lip-reading but it’s not ideal.

“These boards are really useful, particularly on intensive care units.

“The marathons were extremely hard work but it’s so rewarding to know that these boards will make a real difference to the lives of both patients and staff.”

 

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