Urban Challengers’ story: Emma and Caroline Oakley

19.09.16 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, News from the hospital, Patient stories, Supporter stories,

Dynamic duo, Emma and Caroline Oakley, are two sisters who live nearby Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and work at the local Mudlark pub in SE1. The pair took on Guy’s Urban Challenge in 2015 to raise funds for the Cancer Centre at the hospital. They enjoyed their 2.4km run, 15km spin, and 29-floor stair climb so much they decided to do it all over again in 2016. The sisters share their story below.

Thanks to all the teams for their support

‘We decided to do the challenge in 2015 after seeing all the posters while our dad was being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for lung cancer.

‘The staff in all areas have helped and supported us so much – the oncology team, the surgeons, the critical care unit staff and the team on the ward. Doing the challenge was our way of saying “thank you”.

‘We completed the challenge with mad hair and enjoyed a brilliant adrenaline rush on the 29th floor! After writing on the windows and looking out over night-time London, we decided we must do it again in 2016.

‘To raise money for the Cancer Centre, we have put charity boxes in the pub where we work, and we have also asked our friends, family, colleagues and customers to donate to the cause.

‘I walk past the centre on a daily basis and it’s been a truly amazing journey to watch it being built before my eyes – it’s such a colourful building! We are hoping to raise lots more donations before the challenge takes place on 30 September and 1 October.’

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