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Ironwoman takes on sports challenge for cancer

Denise Cant has run eight marathons in the last 10 years and has now turned to triathlons to raise money for the Amethyst fund at The Health Tree Foundation.

Denise selected the Amethyst Unit at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in memory of a work colleague and because close family members have also used the unit.

Having completed eight marathons including Amsterdam, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Berlin and London three times, Denise is no stranger to competition but this is her first half ironman distance triathlon.

Denise completed the race on May 29 at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham where she swam for 1.2 miles, cycled for 56 miles and ran for 13.1 miles. She completed the race in an excellent seven hours and 32 minutes and burned over 5000 calories in the process.

Denise raised £2,000 through sponsorship and spending a day cycling at the front of Grimsby’s Sainsbury’s store where she works, to raise money.

Denise said: “I just think its amazing unit we have here in Grimsby and they treat all different kinds of cancer. The staff are wonderful and I know the money will be well spent on much needed equipment.”

“I want to say a big thank you to all the customers at Sainsbury’s and all my family and friends for their support.”

Melanie Bratley, deputy ward manager at the Amethyst Unit, said: “I just have so much respect for Denise, what an achievement. Every penny goes towards improving the experience of the patient.”

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