Lowestoft runner to take on London Marathon after friend’s cancer battle

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:52 06 March 2019

Kelly Thurgood with daughter Darcey. PHOTO: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Kelly Thurgood with daughter Darcey. PHOTO: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals


A mum of two is looking to conquer the London Marathon next month inspired by her friend’s cancer battle.

Kelly and Danny Alison. PHOTO: Norfolk and Norwich University HospitalsKelly and Danny Alison. PHOTO: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Kelly Thurgood, from Pakefield, will join around 40,000 runners on the starting line of the 26.2 mile challenge to raise money for the Mulbarton Ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

The ward treated Ms Thurgood’s friend Danny Alison after he was diagnosed with acute lymphblastic leukaemia (ALL).

She said: “When we found out Danny had been diagnosed I knew I wanted to support him and the family in some way.

“They were determined that any funds raised should go to the ward where he was treated.”

The 32-year-old will take part in her second marathon in the capital after conquering last year’s race.

She will be cheered along on the day by her five-year-old son Elliott and 11-year-old daughter Darcey, who often joins in on the training runs.

The diagnosis came as a shock to the Alison family, from Carlton Colville, with wife Kelly saying: “He had chest infections and had been suffering from back pain but had just put it down to work.

“One Friday the pain was so bad he went to the NNUH and on the Saturday the doctors diagnosed him with ALL.

“It has been a tough year but hopefully Danny has now turned a corner and things will get better.

“As soon as Kelly said she wanted to raise money for us, we were determined that it should go to the team who treated us so well, including consultant haematologists Angela Collins and Matthew Lawes, and nurse Sarah Hicks.

“The whole team was fantastic and I don’t know how we would have coped without them. They really got us through.”

The cancer affects the white blood cells, with Mr Alison undergoing chemotherapy before having a stem cell transplant.

The marathon takes place next month on Sunday April 28.

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