Denise Robertson's memory honoured in London Marathon


Denise Robertson's great nephew After This Morning’s long-standing agony aunt Denise Robertson sadly died at The Royal Marsden last year from pancreatic cancer, her great-nephew Jonathan is honouring her memory by running the London Marathon for our charity.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning (Friday, 31 March), Jonathan talked about the care his great-aunt received from The Royal Marsden and the reasons he is taking on the 26-mile challenge.

This Morning visited the hospital and spent time with nurses who cared for Denise, spoke with Chief Nurse Eamonn Sullivan about the importance of nursing in cancer care, and accompanied our nurses on the ward as part of their daily work.

They also interviewed Denise’s great-niece, Caroline, about her memories of her great-aunt. Caroline is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Royal Marsden.

Jonathan said: “I've attempted to get a place in the London Marathon for the last four years and this year I got a place. I'm grateful for the opportunity to push myself, because I know by running I can make a difference by raising money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

“This is close for me as we've lost some special family members in recent years, all supported and cared for in some way at The Royal Marsden.

 “My great-aunt Denise Robertson was the latest reason I wanted to make a difference. My aunty was at The Royal Marsden last spring after being diagnosed. She was well cared for by the team but sadly didn't make it back to the North East of England, to her home. 

 “I'm running the marathon so we can help more people make it through this difficult, unexpected challenge.”

Jonathan is fundraising for our charity on his JustGiving page