Cancer survivor Gareth takes on a charity challenge

Gareth takes on the Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K for a charity close to his family's heart.

Teacher Gareth Bennett is taking on the Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K this Sunday to raise money for a charity that helped him and his family as he battled bowel cancer.

In April 2011, just before his 29th birthday, Gareth, a science teacher at Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, was diagnosed with the illness.

He said: “To say the least this was a huge shock to me and my family. An operation soon followed to remove part of my bowel. Following the operation I unfortunately had complications due to serious infections of E. coli, cellulitis and MRSA, which led to me being very ill in intensive care.

“Following the recovery of this I had 12weeks of chemotherapy, which was part of a clinical trial. This again made me very ill but I was determined to get better and that is exactly what happened and I returned to work in October, 6 months after diagnosis.”

Since his recovery father-of-two Gareth, 36, has taken part in a number of fundraising events “to try and repay for the excellent care I have received.”

In the past he has raised money for Cancer Research and will be running the Nottingham 10K in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

He said: “Macmillan cancer support did an amazing job supporting me and my family as well as all the other cancer patients I met during my treatment.”

If you feel inspired to take on your own 10K challenge and raise money for a charity close to your heart, please click 10K Series.

If you would like to donate money towards Gareth's 10K challenge, please click Gareth's fundraising page


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