Scott Beswick is hoping to raise £2,000 for Blythe House Hospicecare as he puts his best foot forward and is preparing to take on next year’s London Marathon.

The Buxton resident is a big Blythe House supporter after his mother-in-law, Julie started to access services last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Scott and his family drafted their Will with Cooper Sons Hartley and Williams solicitors in Buxton during the fundraising Wills Month in June; took part in the hospice’s first ever Glow Twilight Walk in July, and regularly attend monthly coffee mornings to show their support.

When he’s not busy in his role as Employment Officer at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Scott spends time with wife, Ali and baby son, Callum. He is also a volunteer football coach for young children in Whaley Bridge.

Scott said: ‘In early 2018, at the same time that my wife Ali and I found out we were going to have our first baby, Julie was told the devastating news that she had cancer. Since then, Julie has undergone intense surgery, brutal chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological therapy and will continue her treatment until summer 2021; fortunately, her prognosis is positive.

‘Amidst the constant stream of appointments and intense treatment here, there and everywhere, Blythe House has supported Julie and our family from her very first meeting; providing her with weekly Living Well day-care services including activities, complimentary therapies, and opportunities to meet others who share similar experiences, as well as practical help and advice. Blythe House and the staff there have helped Julie be herself, as well as a mum to Ali and a nanna to Callum, throughout her battle.

‘To thank Blythe House for everything they have done and continue to do for Julie, our family and other families similar to ours, I want to put myself out there and complete the biggest challenge of my life whilst raising vital funds for the charity. I have secured my place in the 2020 London Marathon and will be running the 26.2 miles for Blythe House Hospicecare on Sunday 26th April 2020.

‘I used to regularly play football when I was younger, and took part in running at school, including for the County. I find that running helps to clear my head; if I have worries, running helps me to stop overthinking; once I’m out there I can just enjoy myself and feel better for it.

‘Anything you are able to donate will be hugely appreciated and will go such a long way towards helping strong warriors like my mother-in-law and families like ours, and will make my training regime that little bit more bearable!’

To donate to Scott’s challenge, visit his Just Giving page.