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Downham woman who battled leukaemia giving back to Teenage Cancer Trust

A dedicated Downham woman is giving back to charity who supported her through cancer treatment.

This month, Hollie Sherring, 27, has set herself the challenge of running 28 miles in 28 days for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Completing the “More Than A Marathon” challenge will be a great achievement for Hollie, who has been working hard to build up her health and fitness levels after battling leukaemia herself two years ago.

Hollie Sherring, 27, who is competing in the More Than A Marathon challenge for the Teenage Cancer Trust. (42223210)
Hollie Sherring, 27, who is competing in the More Than A Marathon challenge for the Teenage Cancer Trust. (42223210)

She began the challenge at the start of this month and has raised more than £400 so far for the charity which provides specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer.

Three years ago Hollie was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia in December 2017 after feeling run down and noticing bruises on her legs.

Doctors were concerned by blood test results and referred Hollie to her local hospital where she received the terrifying news that she had cancer.

She was then rushed straight to Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit at Addenbrookes Hospital at 3am.

Her treatment involved four rounds of chemo, which gave her some terrible side effects such as colitis, sepsis, fluid on her lungs and even a blood clot.

She also struggled with losing her hair and spending long periods of time in hospital which took a toll on her mental health.

Thankfully, Teenage Cancer Trust were there to offer Hollie support.

Her Teenage Cancer Trust specialist nurse encouraged her to get out of bed and take part in activities, and she describes the staff on the unit as being “like a family” to her during tough times.

Hollie Sherring during her treatment for leukaemia three years ago. (42223212)
Hollie Sherring during her treatment for leukaemia three years ago. (42223212)

Hollie said: “The timing of Teenage Cancer Trust’s ‘More Than A Marathon’ challenge seems perfect because I’ve really been working on my health and fitness lately.

During treatment, I could barely eat anything and so after it finished, I ended up putting on loads of weight – but over the past six months I’ve managed to lose three-and-a half stone.

“I really want to give something back to Teenage Cancer Trust because I feel so grateful for the support they’ve given, not just to me but my entire family, and I really don’t think I would have coped so well if I was on an adult ward.”

Stephen Ballard, head of innovation and challenge events for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to Hollie for taking on More Than A Marathon this month.

"As a charity, Coronavirus has hit us hard.We’ve had to cancel or postpone all fundraising activity and events this year that bring together large groups of people.

"This includes a sold-out week of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall which was set to raise £1 million for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Coronavirus means that young people are facing more isolation and uncertainty than ever before.

"But this increased need is against a backdrop of a huge loss in income and we anticipate our income will halve due to the virus.

“Our primary focus remains making sure young people with cancer receive the best treatment, care and support, so every pound raised by Hollie’s challenge will be helping us do just that.”

To support Hollie’s fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust, visit https://mtam2020.everydayhero.com/uk/hollie or to o find out more about Teenage Cancer Trust’s work, visit: www.teenagecancertrust.org

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