Two vets have honoured a former colleague by completing the London Marathon in aid of cancer charities. 

Ella Russell (left) and Georgina Matthews have raised more than £2,000 for cancer charities.
Ella Russell (left) and Georgina Matthews have raised more than £2,000 for cancer charities.

Ella Russell and Georgina Matthews, of Broughton Veterinary Group in Leicestershire, took on the 26.2-mile challenge after the death of practice director Tom Mitchell, who lost his short battle against melanoma in February 2017.

‘Fantastic experience’

“Running the London Marathon was a fantastic experience – we thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Dr Russell and Miss Matthews.

“Our training paid off and we are honoured to have received so much support and sponsorship from our friends, colleagues and clients.

“So far, we have raised more than £2,000 for a selection of cancer charities.”

‘Very proud’

Practice directors Belinda McGrane and Helen Robinson added: “We are very proud of both Ella and Georgina for their dedication in completing the marathon, and for the money raised in Tom’s memory.”

The rest of the Broughton practice team will be taking part in events throughout the year, with the next planned being the Summer Wolf Run where vets and nurses cover 10km, tackling obstacles en route.

Chris Sherwood ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 36 minutes for PDSA.
Chris Sherwood ran the London Marathon for PDSA.

To sponsor any of the team, or to support Melanoma UK in memory of Tom Mitchell, visit Broughton’s JustGiving page.

‘Emotional roller coaster’

PDSA vet Chris Sherwood is also celebrating after competing the London Marathon in 3 hours 36 minutes, describing running it as an “emotional roller coaster”.

“You’re surrounded by a warmth – there’s 100,000 people rooting for you and that’s what makes it such a special event,” he said.

Mr Sherwood raised £440 for PDSA.

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