Around 5,500 people helped raise money for charity by taking part in the Marsden March on Sunday .

They are walking either give or 14 miles to raise money for cancer research.

The annual event was launched in 2011 and had raised over £8 million for the The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity before this year’s event.

Among those taking part were firefighters from Wandsworth Fire Station, who walked the 14 miles between The Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton in full fire fighting gear as a thank you to the hospital for the care their colleague Paul Westcott received.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2015 and, despite returning to work on light duties in May 2016, was later diagnosed with terminal cancer after a tumour was found behind his eye. He has now retired on medical grounds.

Larry Lamb at the Marsden March start line

Watch manager Jonathan Parker, from Wandsworth red watch, said: “We have always wanted to do some fundraising for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity because Paul is a patient of The Royal Marsden .

“Somebody mentioned about The Marsden March and it was around the time Paul was told his cancer was terminal, so there was no question about us taking part in the fundraiser.

“Paul was a wonderful colleague and we miss working with him on a daily basis. We hope that by taking part in The Marsden March in our full fire gear, we can raise as much money as possible for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity so it can continue the work it does.”

Marsden march fundraiser Tom Marfleet is given a timely boost after six miles from wife Emma and his three sons, Daniel, Matthew and Sam

Familiar faces at the event included actor Larry Lamb who started the 14-mile walk, comedian Tim Vine, brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass from pop band Right Said Fred, and actor John Altman.

The Marsden March was set up as a way for patients, staff, friends and family to show their support or honour a loved one.

Money raised is donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which funds pioneering work in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and care to improve the lives of patients at The Royal Marsden and people with cancer throughout the UK and beyond.

Firefighters from Wandsworth Fire Station walked 14 miles between The Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton in full fire fighting gear with Paul Westcott

Antonia Dalmahoy, director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “It’s been amazing to see thousands of inspiring people coming together to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

“We are so grateful to all our incredible supporters; it’s with your help that we are able to fund pioneering work in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and care - not only to improve the lives of patients at The Royal Marsden, but also for people with cancer throughout the UK and beyond.”

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