[CANCER] Lecturers to take part in #Swimathon in support of colleague

The following story has just been posted on Manchester Metropolitan University Intranet:

A group of lecturers are taking part in the world’s biggest annual Swimathon to raise money for cancer charities.

The team of digital marketing lecturers in the Faculty of Business and Law are completing the challenge in support for their colleague Dr Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

The Swimathon is a national challenge that raises money for Marie Curie – a charity that provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness ­– and Cancer Research UK ­­– a charity looking for a cure.

The challenge will see over 21,000 swimmers across 600 pools across the UK swim as far as they can on the weekend of 29-31 March.

Bex said:

“My work colleagues and I are doing this because cancer is horrific, and I want a cure!

“We joined the challenge when I thought my ‘cancer treadmill’ was flattening out. Unfortunately, my cancer has metastasised into my spine (thankfully small), so I’m about to enter more treatment.

“I’ve been using swimming to get myself back to fitness but due to treatments, swimming will have to stop soon, so I’ve already completed my 1.5k!

“My team at Manchester Met are amazing and have been so supportive throughout this whole process.”

The team of eight have set themselves a goal to swim at least 10k across the weekend.

Jeff McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, who is usually a fell runner, said:

“I’m doing this to support Bex and the horrendous experience she’s been through since her cancer diagnosis – also for all other cancer sufferers out there and their families and friends.

“I don’t include swimming in any training I do, so doing about 40-60 lengths will be a challenge. We’re a really supportive group of colleagues within a wider team and I was proud to be asked to help in this way.

“Please help us by spreading the word, sponsoring or just virtually cheering us along on social media – it all helps.”

To donate to the team and to keep up with their progress, please visit their Just Giving page.

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Winchester Cathedral: My Second Home?

Been spending a lot of time at Winchester Cathedral at the moment… on Friday night, I was there for “The Big Sleep Out” (which I’d probably rename the Big Rough Out as it didn’t involve a whole lot of sleep! The photo above is of me looking like the Michelin woman, Charly strapped into her sleeping bag, and Amanda well prepared with plastic sheeting!

The event was officially running on a wet weather plan inside the Cathedral, rather than the Cathedral grounds, and plenty of people took advantage of this, finding the warmest spots, inflating airbeds and campbeds… how many homeless have you seen with those… good old concrete is what we were looking for! I know several who stayed outside ALL night, but although we started outside, it started to rain around 2.30am, so we bolted for the Cathedral… which was very cold, and the floor was very hard (and quite damp still)… but this is similar to what someone who is homeless for real would do, they would find a carpark or some such to camp out in.
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