Marathon Fundraiser Smashes £10K Target for Lingen Davies
03 Aug 2023

A novice runner has raised more than £10,000 for local cancer services after taking on the challenge of a lifetime to honour her brother-in-law’s memory. Pictured: Netty Hamer, from Pontesbury with sister Michelle. 

Netty Hamer, from Pontesbury, has raised more than £10,000 for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund this year in honour of her brother-in-law Alan Hughes who died last September, aged 62. 

Alan had been undergoing treatment for brain and kidney cancer at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for more than two years. 

Not only did Netty successfully complete the London Marathon but also ran additional fundraising efforts including hosting quiz nights, coffee mornings and a big raffle which raised over £2,500. Her sister Michelle, Alan’s widow, also took on her own challenge and completed the Shrewsbury 10K, raising £1,400 for Lingen Davies.  

Netty recently presented the wonderful sum to Lingen Davies and said despite not running before she wanted to push herself to say thank you for the care given to Alan - and fundraising really was a community effort.

“Alan and Michelle couldn’t speak highly enough of the care Alan received during his treatment,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of local businesses and the Pontesbury and Minsterley Community. From donations to raffle prizes, everyone got involved, it’s amazing what you can achieve when the whole community comes together.

"I definitely enjoyed the fundraising more than the running,” she added.

Helen Knight, Head of Fundraising for Lingen Davies, said: “A very big well done to Netty, she’s done tremendously well with her fundraising, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated. Our London Marathon runners raised an outstanding total of £42,000 which will go a long way towards enhancing local services and our LiveLife Cancer Awareness and Prevention Service.”

To find out more about the region’s main cancer charity visit their website