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Kim's London Marathon story

24 September 2020

COVID-19 may have postponed the London Marathon 2020, but Kim Butler, manager of The Victoria Hotel in Beeston, is raring to go for 2021. She shares how much she has already raised, along with her plans to raise even more funds to support life-changing cancer research at John van Geest Cancer Research Centre (JvG).

Kim’s story:

“I have worked for as a manager at the Victoria Hotel in Beeston for almost 19 years and it is an absolute privilege to be running the London Marathon 2020 in memory of Neil Kelso, a dear friend, boss and family member.

“Neil was passionate about supporting the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, as he had initially been affected by cancer through friends and family and was then diagnosed with cancer himself. To support the work of the Centre, Neil decided to adopt JvG as the Victoria Hotel’s chosen charity.

“Sadly, Neil lost his fight to cancer last year.

“With the support of our community, I believe that we can keep Neil's legacy alive forever. His dedication and passion for the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre can live on through us all. It means the world to me that I am able to continue his legacy and keep raising funds for the charity he dedicated so much of his time to, and I know it means a great deal to his family and friends too.

“When Neil created the 'Vic' he also created a community of friends. It is these friends who have played such a significant role in the amount raised for JvG, and without Neil's determination and their support, we could have never raised such a tremendous sum of money. Even during Neil's weakest days, he still found the strength to continue raising money for the organisation he held so dear in his heart.

For me, the marathon will be one the most important runs of my life. Neil was always very proud of my running achievements and I could not think of any better way to honour his memory than to run the London Marathon for the charity he dedicated himself to.

You can keep up to date with Kim’s progress here, and if you would like to support Kim in raising funds for life-changing cancer research, you can do so here.

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