A uro-oncology nurse consultant has completed five marathons in the run up to her 50th birthday to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Netty Kinsella, who works at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, completed four marathons solo and then was joined in her fifth and final marathon by some of her colleagues from the urology unit.
Dr Kinsella said it was on her bucket list to do 10 marathons before she turned 50 but realised this year that she would have to do five more to hit her target.
“I had done a few half marathons at the beginning of the year but had to really step up my training for this challenge, I started doing daily runs to work at the Royal Marsden as well as an extra 20-30km run at the weekends.”
The urology unit team were due to run the Richmond Marathon as the final one out of the five but it was cancelled.
Instead they did their own version which involved running along the River Thames, and turned out to be Dr Kinsella’s “favourite of them all”.
Her fundraising for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden’s work, will support the creation of informative videos for patients that explain the diagnostic experience and pathway.
Dr Kinsella runs a nurse-led diagnostic service at The Royal Marsden, where she has worked for seven years.
Day-to-day she is responsible for seeing new patients who have been referred on a suspected cancer pathway. She also carries out prostate biopsies on their cohort of high genetic risk patients.
Dr Kinsella has also been involved in the running of the charity-funded Man Van – an innovative outreach programme which was launched by trust to provide free health checks for men and boost early diagnosis of prostate and other urological cancers.
The mobile health clinic is visiting workplaces and community organisations in London to improve healthcare access for men who are less likely to receive regular health checks and are at risk of having cancer diagnosed late, and when it is more difficult to treat.
“It’s a challenging project, but it’s been really interesting to work with the local community and collaborating with the team to work through the challenges,” Dr Kinsella said.