The One About the Cheque

Late Monday evening I received an email saying that there was a cheque for £500 for Cancer Research waiting for me at the Whittington Hospital.

Turned out that the brilliant Dr Esdaile, whom I got to know when he removed the melanoma from my face, had been talking to a patient about Run the World. And the patient, we’ll call him John since he’s asked for anonymity, had then and there decided to make a donation of £500.

DT cancer scar (2)

About a month ago (Feb 4th) it was World Cancer Day. My 13 year old daughter, Sienna, gave me a card. Containing £50 for cancer research. Which she had had just been given for her birthday.

A couple of months ago I was in Guinea Bissau. A country where, I am reliably informed, there are usually only 2 Brits. Except that day there were a posse of them passing through as part of the Plymouth-Dakar old banger rally. When they heard about Run the World, they emptied out their pockets and donated £100.

rtw GB15

Last summer, we held a fundraiser. People were so generous with their donations that we began to trend on JustGiving. Eventually we got to no.7 in the whole country.

Rtw party 1

I could go on. And on. But you get the picture.

Don’t be fooled by what you read in the media. People are, in general, helpful and giving. Not everyone round the world has sufficient cash to donate to charity. But it never ceases to amaze me how many people will give their time to help and support Run the World.

So to all Run the World’s donors and supporters : thank you enormously – this blog’s for you.

What you do is very important. Cancer rates are on the rise across the globe and, in countries such as the UK, they’re heading towards 50%.

As anyone who’s lost someone to cancer knows, it is a truly horrific way to go. Reducing sufferers to husks of their former selves – dependent on ever increasing and addictive doses of pain relief to get though their days before the inevitable end. (The picture below is of my sis, my bro and me with my Mum shortly before she died of lung cancer.)

Mutti Featherton + BD + peep + me

So let’s go on fundraising. (Run the World has currently raised almost £30 000 and I want to get to £50 000 – at least!)

And, since 40% of all cancers are avoidable, let’s go on spreading the message about the huge – cancer and non-cancer related – benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.


Finally, there’s a fitting postscript to the story about the £500 cheque. Yesterday, I took it into Cancer Research’s bank branch in central London. I thought it might be a nice touch to take a picture of the deposit receipt outside the bank. But it was flapping in the wind and I couldn’t get a proper picture. So Emma, the woman in the photo below, offered to hold it for me. And then gave me a £10 donation.

rtw fundraising 1

If you’d like to help fight cancer then I and, far more importantly, cancer sufferers around the world, would be immensely grateful for any donations –

Please like Run the World on Facebook to receive notification of future blogs and news about runs, races and running clubs across the world. And also just to show your support because, however silly it may sound, it makes all the travel and running that little bit easier if you think people care!


About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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