18 March 2024

A healthcare assistant (HCA) at the Trust, which runs the county’s two acute hospitals, and her sister are gearing up to tackle a 100km ultra challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Steph Eastment, an HCA at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, and her sister Lena Eastment are raising vital funds for the charity, which provides invaluable emotional, practical, physical and financial assistance to those living with cancer.

At last year’s Mud Run for Cancer Research Lena, left, Tony Eastment, centre, and Steph

At last year’s Mud Run for Cancer Research Lena, left, Tony Eastment, centre, and Steph

They decided to take on the challenge in the Peak District on Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 July after their father, Tony Eastment, received a lung cancer diagnosis just over a year ago.

The sisters experienced first-hand the challenges and uncertainties that come with such a diagnosis. In response to this life-changing event, they decided to take action, previously completing the Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge last July, where they raised significant funds for Cancer Research.

Steph said: “Macmillan has been an incredible pillar of support for our family during this difficult time. They have alleviated additional stress and provided a reliable point of contact for guidance and assistance whenever needed.

“These ultra challenges are tough, but the sacrifice and pain we endure pales in comparison to the daily struggles faced by those battling cancer. Our goal is to contribute in any way we can to support individuals and families affected by this disease.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is 98% funded by voluntary donations, so fundraising is essential. Every pound raised by Steph and Lena will directly support Macmillan’s mission to ensure that no-one faces cancer alone.

Lena Eastment, left, Ella Sadd (Macmillan), and Steph Eastment

Lena Eastment, left, Ella Sadd (Macmillan), and Steph Eastment

Macmillan Cancer Support and SaTH have worked together to develop the information and support centres at the Hamar Help and Support Centre in Shrewsbury, and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Ella Sadd, Macmillan Cancer Support Centre Assistant Manager, said: “It has been my pleasure to support the truly lovely Eastment family since Tony’s diagnosis, I wish them luck with the incredible challenge they have set themselves and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for choosing Macmillan as their charity as well as everyone that’s inspired by their heartwarming story and supports them in reaching their goal.

“Donations, such as the one that Steph and Lena are pledging, enables us to continue supporting people affected by cancer in the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and mid-Wales areas.”

If you would like to show your support for Steph and Lena , you can donate to their fundraising efforts through the following link: LENA EASTMENT is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support (justgiving.com).