Football coach tackles London Marathon to raise money for cancer care at King’s Lynn hospital

Cancer care at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has received a £1,000 boost thanks to a marathon effort by Mark Salmons.

The youth football coach from March, Cambridgeshire, took on the London Marathon in April, crossing the finish line in under four hours.

The forty-nine year-old dad of two was inspired to take on the challenge by the young players he coaches at March Town United Youth Football Club. During a training session, the team of teenagers enthusiastically suggested he should run the marathon, a challenge he embraced wholeheartedly.

Mark dedicated his time to rigorous training, balancing his preparation with his busy work and home life. He chose to support The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s cancer division in honour of his wife’s late aunt, who received care at the Macmillan Unit.

Reflecting on his journey, Mark said “I wanted to raise money because my wife’s auntie was treated at the Macmillan Unit before she passed away last year. The care she received was exceptional and I wanted to ‘give back’ in her memory.”

The funds raised by Mark’s marathon effort will directly support the cancer division, which provides care and support to cancer patients and their families.

Aiswarya George, charge nurse of the unit, expressed her gratitude, saying; “Thank you so much for the valuable donation. We really appreciate how much Mark has raised for the Macmillan Unit. Donations like these help us continue our work and support our patients during their most challenging times.”

For further information or to make a donation to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Macmillan Unit, please contact on 01553 613309 or email [email protected]