As valued members of the Carr Gomm team, we wanted to say a huge congratulations to Susan Gaunt and Mari Snell for completing a 5k walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Since embarking on a personal fitness journey, Susan has inspired her whole team to get active by participating in the NHS Couch to 5k running programme. Mari has taken it one step further by enlisting the help of a personal trainer, cycling to work, and enjoying a whole host of wellbeing activities. Both have also signed up to Health by Science courses; free to all Carr Gomm employees.

They chose to donate to Cancer Research UK, a charity Mari has supported for a number of years.

 

Here, we talk to Mari about her story, and why she advocates for both fitness and fundraising.

Mari’s Story

Why did you decide to fundraise for Cancer Research UK?

It all started in the summer of 2018. After supporting my mum through breast cancer surgery, I decided it would be a good idea to have a precautionary scan as well. My scan returned blurry, and I was referred for further tests.

When I was told that I had cancer, I didn’t cry, panic or scream. Instead, I felt calm. Difficult choices about treatment followed, with surgery and radiotherapy being the options I chose to try and beat the disease.

Through it all, my family, friends and colleagues were amazing. From accompanying me to hospital appointments, to making me laugh, and being there for me through thick and thin. Maggie’s Centre, Breast Care Now, and Macmillan Cancer Support were also with me all the way, providing financial advice and support. In fact, these organisations are still with me now, helping me navigate the choppy waters of recovery in a way that has helped me better understand and cope with some of the post-surgery trauma I experienced.

The work of Cancer Research UK is incredibly important to me and so many others. Without vital funds, future cancer research is at risk. But with help from everyone, we still have an opportunity to beat cancer.

Would you encourage others to take on a similar challenge?

Yes, of course! All you need is motivation and determination. This challenge really helped us focus on something positive, stay healthy, and do something good at a time when many of us were struggling.

What have I learned?

For me, I learned that life goes on. I also now know what it feels like to go through a cancer diagnosis, surgery and recovery. I’m here for anyone who might want to talk.

For more information about the vital work of Cancer Research UK, visit: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

If you would like to find out more about fundraising for Carr Gomm, visit: https://www.carrgomm.org/fundraise-for-us