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Survivor raises cash to beat cancer

An energy worker has raised £475 by taking on a 5km walking challenge to help support fellow cancer sufferers.

From Press releases - 27 May 2014 12:00 AM

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An energy worker has raised £475 by taking on a 5km walking challenge to help support fellow cancer sufferers.

Jacky Morton, 49, of Scott Close, Guildford, works as a project designer in the connections department for electricity distributor UK Power Networks, based in Stephenson Way, Crawley.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September but is now on the road to full recovery after undergoing surgery, radiotherapy and reconstructive surgery.

On Sunday (May 25) she walked around Guildford Sports Park as part of the Race for Life series, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

She said: “I’ve been of a positive frame of mind from the start since I was first diagnosed, and was relieved to know the cancer had only affected one lymph node under my arm. That meant I didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy as well.

“The experiences I’ve had have made me even more aware of how we must look after our health. I’m overweight so have joined the Slimming World group at Park Barn. I’ve lost two stones already and aim to lose a further three.

“I raised money for cancer research before my own diagnosis, going on the Moon Walk a couple of times because a friend had cancer. But now I have even more reason to help beat this disease.

“The atmosphere on Sunday was brilliant and the weather perfect. It was a very emotional day for me and my friends, who I met along the walk. Everyone was sharing stories with friends and strangers, making sure everyone had support to complete the route. Nobody felt alone.”

Jacky, who has worked for UK Power Networks for 25 years, raised £475 which is now being matched with £100 from her employer.

The UK Power Networks’ charity match funding scheme offers employees the opportunity to apply for matched funding of up to £100 for charitable fund-raising events they are involved in. The aims are to encourage and support employees with the fund-raising activities, to give the company and its staff recognition in their communities and help foster charitable opportunities.