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Duncan Scott – In Our Hearts

Duncan ScottDuncan was an extremely intelligent, kind and thoughtful man. He was an avid fan of Formula 1 and Le Mans. In June 2015 he was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme. After an 18 month battle, he passed away aged 55.  During the last weeks of his life he endured severe mental torture until he was admitted to a hospice where doctors and nurses were able to adjust his medication to prevent him from suffering anymore.

“Duncan’s passing has left a huge hole in my life, as well as the many people whose lives he touched. His funeral was extremely well attended with many people voicing how he had “changed their lives for the better”.  It seems so unfair that he was taken in his prime with so much joy to have and to give. I miss him dreadfully.”

Here is Duncan’s story as told by his sister, Gayle…

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Luke Firmin – Top tips for the London Marathon

IMG_7479One of our fantastic 2017 London Marathon runners, Luke, shares his top tips and experience for those of you hoping to run in the 2018 Marathon.

Luke became a father of two only four days before he ran the London Marathon. He ran in memory of his dad, Derek “Delboy”.


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Two minutes with… Dr Nabil Hajji – Senior scientist at Imperial College

Nabil_Hajji[1]What’s the first thing you do in the morning?   

The first thing I do is prepare my kids for school and check my emails.


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Katie Smith – In Hope

Katie SmithSpecial needs teacher Katie Smith, 31, was struck down with debilitating headaches just weeks after returning from her honeymoon. After numerous visits to the doctor and hospital appointments, her symptoms were finally diagnosed as a brain tumour and Katie was given the agonising prognosis that she may not live to see her 40th birthday. Together with her mum who is battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Katie has written a bucket list and has been able to cross off “publish a book” after winning a children’s writing competition launched by ITV’s Lorraine Kelly. Together with husband Luke, she is facing a dilemma over whether to go ahead with their plans to start a family.

“I feel we need something to live for but do I really want to bring a child into the world knowing that, potentially, it’s going to lose its mum at a young age? Or perhaps we should try to live our lives the way we would have done had we not known about the brain tumour. In order to protect the unborn child, you can’t have an MRI scan until you have passed the 12-week mark. The hormones of pregnancy could cause the tumour to grow and, if it came to it, would I choose myself over my baby? It is impossible to imagine, although I know what Luke would say. I had always imagined myself with three kids but now we will be lucky to have one. It is a very tough decision and one which we will make together.”

Katie tells her story…



Two minutes with… Robin Meltzer – Director of Fundraising

Robin MeltzerWhat’s the first thing you do in the morning?

A triple spin, up on to the toes, then swiftly into a sideways moonwalk.



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