Romford-born son puts his body through the pain barrier for the hospital ward that looked after his mum
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 11 August 2016
A triathlete has raised more than £1,000 for a hospital ward that cared for his mum as she went through eight months of treatment for cancer.
Jon Wightman, 30, tackled the London Triathlon on Sunday in front of thousands of spectators.
After enduring a gruelling 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, the Romford-born dad-of-one has managed to raise £1,300 for the Haematology and Oncology day centre in Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.
Jon, who has been training for the past six months, has described the support his mum received at the Sunflower Suite in the hospital as “amazing”.
Julie Wightman, who lives in Romford, was diagnosed with cancer in September 2015 and underwent six chemotherapy sessions and three weeks of radiotherapy until April 2016.
The 30-year-old said: “It was obviously a shock when my mum was diagnosed but the support my mum received was really great; the people there really look after everyone in the ward.
“After speaking to people, it became clear they don’t get too much funding from the NHS and rely heavily on donations to buy equipment and support families.
“It’s nice to give back and let more people know about the amazing work they do.”
The London Triathlon saw participants from 52 different countries with first-time triathletes competing among Olympians and Commonwealth medallists.
Jon was one of the many first-timers and managed to complete the race in an impressive three hours and nine minutes.
The personal trainer has now set his sights on next year and hopes to complete it in under three hours.
He said: “I can finally start to feel my legs again which is nice and it was extremely tough at times.
“There are times in the race when you feel like quitting but thinking about the support my mum received and all the donations from people keeps you going.”
If you would like to donate to Jon’s cause, then please visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/jon-wightman-triathlon
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