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Georgina takes on London Marathon for Guy’s Cancer – and super gran Gi

20.02.18 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, Patient stories,

Georgina Nijjer is training hard for the London Marathon. By her own admission, she’d rather wait for the next train than put in a sprint at the station, so this is no mean feat!

However, Georgina has been moved to take on the challenging run to fundraise and thank staff at Guy’s for the care and treatment her fabulous grandmother Sarah Nutley (Valerie) – received at the hospital. Read her story here.

‘My best friend and young grandmother, Valerie - also known as ‘Gi’ - was under the care of Guy's Hospital from Nov 2015 to Dec 2016 where she was treated for cancer.

We made friends with many wonderful staff there and even when Gi was passing away, she wanted me to make sure that the Guy’s team were looked after. This marathon is my gift to them, from her.’

Georgina adds, ‘London meant everything to Gi and I. We explored the city together and we would often talk about the London Marathon while sitting in the wards and hanging out in the coffee shops.

‘I got married in February 2017 and, sadly, Gi missed my wedding day by a matter of weeks. However, the marathon for Guy’s was even mentioned in our speeches.’

A massive thank you to the whole team

Georgina’s spent so much time at the hospital, even the staff in the café know her by name. 

She says, ‘In particular, I want to thank the doctors who tirelessly dealt with Gi and I when we were hangry and confused, the porters who whizzed her round while she was wearing her Arsenal bed socks and the nurses who surprised her with a birthday cake.’

She concludes, ‘The hospital is such a massive part of our lives and we want to give something back to them all for their incredible kindness.’ 

You can support Georgina’s marathon run and fundraising target here. Find out how you can take on your own challenge to support Guy’s and St Thomas’ too!