Saddleworth resident and lymphoma survivor, David Couch, is facing the challenge of a lifetime - running 268 miles along the Pennine Way to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
David set out from Edale in Derbyshire last Thursday 29 September, and is half-way through the challenge, running the equivalent of a marathon per day for 10 days to support our life-saving research into better treatments and cures for blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
This challenge is very personal for David, who was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin lymphoma in 2002. David underwent successful chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and is in now in remission.
David said: ‘I wanted to do something big to help others with blood cancer. I was lucky because there were already set protocols in place to treat Hodgkin lymphoma but there is a real need for more research into other types of blood cancer. Since my company BNP Paribas Real Estate already has a corporate partnership with this great charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was the perfect choice.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is BNP Paribas Real Estate’s charity partner for 2011. David works in the firm’s Manchester office and will be joined by five colleagues who have offered to keep him company for five days of the punishing challenge, which he aims to finish in Kirk Yetholm in Scotland this Saturday 8 October.
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Best of luck to David. Walking the Pennine Way is a massive challenge – never mind running it! All the money raised will help improve treatments for all patients with blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
Get behind David's run to beat blood cancer
David is aiming to raise £5,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Every penny raised will help the charity beat blood cancer and you can support David by donating on his JustGiving page.