Family Focus on Fitness for Benefit of Local Cancer Hospital

5th February 2015

A family from Rotherham are putting fitness first this year to help raise money for their local cancer hospital.

Courageous Craig Kennett (37), who lives in Bramley, has vowed to complete a series of active challenges throughout the year along with his partner Victoria, and twelve year old daughter, Abigail. As well as helping the family achieve their fitness goals, the fundraising challenges, which started in January with a 'Dryathlon' will all help raise as much money as possible for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for Weston Park Hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer. The hospital provides cancer treatment services for patients across the region which means that patients from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, Chesterfield, and beyond benefit from donations made to the charity. Factory Finance Manager, Craig, chose to support the cancer charity after a number of close friends, family and colleagues were diagnosed with cancer and required the specialist services of the hospital. Craig said, -We're coming together this year to support a fantastic hospital that is currently providing vital cancer care for many of our loved ones. -As a family, we want to dedicate 2015 to 'giving a bit back' whilst at the same time getting ourselves in good shape by completing challenges that will undoubtedly create lasting memories and much needed money for the hospital. Craig has vowed to take on at least one active challenge a month including a sponsored walk in March with an under 9's football team that he manages, a Swimathon, climbing Mount Snowdon, The Great North Swim, Total Warrior and the Yorkshire Three Peaks. He continued, -We want anyone who wants to join in with our fundraising events, to do so, where possible, to help raise awareness and funds for the hospital. -Unfortunately, cancer is a disease that is likely to play a part in many of our lives. Hopefully, the funds that we raise can play just a small part in making these lives more comfortable or maybe even help them to overcome the disease. Throughout 2015 the charity will fund various projects to enable the continued improvement of Weston Park Hospital; including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer. The cancer charity are encouraging anyone thinking of undertaking an active challenge during 2015 to join their '& Raise' teams to achieve personal fitness goals whilst simultaneously raising vital funds. Charity Fundraiser, Sarah Cross said, -Craig and his family are taking on an unbelievably brave amount of challenges this year in support of the charity and we hope that it encourages others to get a head start with their New Year fitness resolutions. -From walking to swimming, there really is an event for everyone to get involved in whilst helping to support the work of Weston Park Hospital. To sponsor Craig's fundraising efforts visit his Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Craig-Kennett To find out more about the work of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visit http://www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/ or call the office on 01142265370.

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