Royal Marsden charity walk sees more than 5,000 people take to the streets of South West London


The 14-mile march saw supporters raising money for the cancer charity.


By Katherine Cowdrey

Five thousand marchers took to the streets of South West London on Sunday to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

The 14-mile Marsden March saw supporters, hospital staff, patients and friends and family of cancer patients weaving their way through Chelsea, Putney, Wimbledon and Sutton.

BBC actors Nathaniel Parker and Larry Lamb and Right Said Fred’s Richard and Fred Fairbrass joined the charity’s fourth annual sponsored walk which took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Race-day volunteer Susie Stone, who has worked at The Royal Marsden for 14 years on the radiotherapy department’s reception, took a break at the 12 mile marker.

“It’s gorgeous. Last year it was raining and this year it’s absolutely fantastic. We’re having a really good time,” she said.

“It’s just wonderful seeing everybody coming together and raising money for a good cause.”

An emotional day for many whose lives have been touched by cancer, siblings Craig Wyatt and Danielle Wyatt sported a neon thong one-piece and pink tutu respectively.

“It’s been a great experience,” said Ms Wyatt. 

“My brother did it two years ago with our dad when our grandad was diagnosed with cancer, but sadly our dad passed away two months ago. My brother is doing it in the same outfit as he did with dad two years ago.” 

The Royal Marsden treats more than 50,000 cancer patients every year. Money raised by yesterday’s walkers will help fund research, diagnosis, treatments and care to help those affected by cancer.

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