Runathon

Natasha Rolls, aged 23 from Andover, was determined to raise money towards the Ark Cancer Centre Charity when she organised a 24-hour runathon at her place of work, the Arqiva office in Winchester. Her target was to raise £500 to support her mum who is fighting breast cancer. Mum Janet Rolls raised £6,500 with friend Jenny Gow by holding a hugely successful Christmas raffle. The family are great supporters and fundraisers for the charity.

Natasha has seen her Mum struggle with cancer and knows how difficult the treatment and constant travelling to and from hospitals for radiotherapy and chemotherapy has been, the new cancer treatment centre will make a huge difference to patients as it will centralize cancer services under one roof and offer a range of complementary and supportive therapies to assist wellbeing. Natasha said “I have seen firsthand the impact of cancer, when my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer we were devastated. My family has supported my Mum over the last year, she has been immensely brave, cheerful and positive as she’s faced different treatments and continuous visits to hospital. She’s an amazing person and I’m so proud of her and I know that the cancer centre will make a real difference to everyone with a cancer diagnosis in the future.”

Natasha was determined to complete the 24 hour runathon and she covered 234 miles. It became more of a challenge in the small hours of the night but she was determined to make it to the end. Her work colleagues were brilliant and supported her all the way. Arqiva also agreed to match the amount Natasha was able to raise and her final total reached was £2613!