Seven days with the bear essentials 

14/06/2017 00:00 
@UCLHrunningman, also known as Richard Smith, UCLH deputy trust security adviser, is half way through his epic seven day run from UCLH in London to The Christie, Manchester.
With a rucksack and a map to guide him, Richard is making the journey unsupported other than by a teddy bear.  By the end of today (14 June) he will have run 121 miles with around 85 miles to go.

Richard said “Complete strangers have stopped to encourage me and three young lads, no older than 10, ran about a mile with me while passing through their small village and gave me high 5’s when I was leaving and they couldn't go further.  It was truly humbling and inspiring, keeping me going and giving me the determination to finish this journey no matter what!”

With a government investment of £250 million, UCLH and The Christie are building high energy NHS proton beam therapy centres. At the moment, people have to travel overseas for PBT which is used to treat complex and hard to treat cancers.

 Richard’s run is raising funds to support the centres, which will be the only two NHS high energy PBT centres in the UK.

Richard said: “We live in an amazing country, full of amazing people, all doing their own amazing things on their own amazing journey, that is life.”

On Friday and Saturday (16 and 17 June), a group of around 40 cyclists from UCLH and The Christie are also on the road making the journey to The Christie. Richard aims to finish at the same time as them on Saturday, 17 June.

You can follow Richard’s progress via his facebook page, and twitter feed.  You can donate to support the UCLH PBT centre via this link:

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