NHS trust governor takes on charity half marathon for second time

A 76-year old Brentwood man is to run his second Southend Half Marathon for an appeal which supports developments in local radiotherapy treatments.

Eric Watts, a governor for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, will be putting on his running shoes for the second year in a row on June 9 to participate in the annual running event.

Eric said: “Having gone through radiotherapy myself when I was younger, I know how this new technology will really revolutionise treatment for cancer and improve patient experience. This thought spurs me on to take up another half marathon. I did say it might be my last, but it’s all for charity, so it’s worth it.”

His chosen charity is the Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal, which is raising funds to purchase state-of-the-art Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) equipment for Southend Hospital.

This equipment improves accuracy of treatment, saves time, and eliminates the need for alternative equipment which can increase patient anxiety.