Marathon effort raises cash for cancer patients

PATIENTS receiving treatment for cancer on The Basing Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital are to benefit thanks to the fundraising efforts of a marathon-running grandfather.

Wednesday 22 March 2017


Norman Adcock (2)

Norman Adcock with members of staff from The Basing Unit


Norman Adcock, who is 65 and lives in Kempshott, Basingstoke, completed a half marathon starting and finishing at the front doors of the hospital to raise money for the specialist oncology unit.

His route saw the Basingstoke and Mid Hants runner take a three-hour tour of the area, visiting Rooksdown, Winklebury, Oakley, Kempshott, War Memorial Park, Norn Hill and Popley over the course of his 13.1-mile effort.

Norman said: “It was very cold and windy and I was running into a wicked headwind all the way along Popley Way, right at the end of the run, but I got on okay and my family were there to meet me at the end, which made it all worthwhile.”

Norman decided to embark on his charity run as a way of thanking staff on The Basing Unit. His son, Matthew, is currently in remission from leukaemia, having received chemotherapy on the unit.

“All things being well, Matthew is on the road to recovery, so I just wanted to do something to say thank you to the hospital,” Norman added. “The staff were all really good to him while he was being treated.”

Norman was hoping to raise £100 for the unit, but he has smashed that target, with his appeal already over the £150 mark. If you would like to donate, visit