A NURSE is taking part in a nighttime walking half marathon to raise funds for juvenile cancer charities.
Victoria Mote, who works at Northwick Park Hospital, will be joined by partner Peter Smith at Shine London, which starts and finishes at Battersea Power Station in south-west London on Saturday, September 28.
She said: “You could choose any of the listed cancer research charities to fundraise for and I chose children’s cancer as I work on a local general ward which has a paediatric oncology service. It is therefore a charity which is close to my work and heart.
“I see children every day at work who suffer from various forms of childhood cancers.
“Some recover quickly, others last years of treatment and then there are the few that don’t make it.
“By raising money for research it may mean an increase in the survival rates or even shorter courses of treatment.
“As you can tell, working with children with cancer for four and a half years makes you passionate about making them better.”
Ms Mote, daughter of former Harrow council leader Chris Mote, lives in Watford with Mr Smith, bar and floor manager at Barnet FC’s The Hive football ground in Camrose Avenue, Edgware.
Ms Mote said: “I have been doing training of walks currently up to eight miles, which is a struggle as I’m not normally energetic or fit.
“Being a nurse, I’m on my feet for 12-and-a-half hour shifts so that is all part of the training.
“Pete has done less training and goes to the gym but not done any long terrain walks yet and hopes to just walk it – so will be an interesting walk.”
Ms Mote said she has not raised funds for a children’s cancer charity before but said she has done so for breast cancer charities due to several relatives having been affected by it.