Three generations of breast cancer survivor’s family taking part in GEAR 10k

Three generations of the Arlington family will be running the GEAR 10k and Mini GEAR. From left – Da

Three generations of the Arlington family will be running the GEAR 10k and Mini GEAR. From left – Dale Arlotte (7), Stuart Arlotte, Sharntelle Arlington, Leigh Arlington, Steve Arlington, Craig Arlotte, Demi-Lee Arlington and Richard Crosbie. Picture: Courtesy of Sharntelle Arlington - Credit: Courtesy of Sharntelle Arlington

Three generations of one family will be taking part in the GEAR 10k after a much-loved mother and grandmother beat breast cancer.

Leigh Arlington, 49, from Marshland St James, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and underwent two operations at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

Her course of radiotherapy ended in February and she was given the all-clear although she will remain on medication for five years.

The care and treatment she received at The West Norfolk Breast Cancer Unit was all the motivation her family needed to fundraise for its charitable fund.

Eight family members and friends will be running the streets of King's Lynn on Sunday, May 6, in either the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) or Mini GEAR.

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Mrs Arlington said: 'I couldn't fault the care I received – the staff were absolutely brilliant and I was obviously delighted to be given the all clear.'

She and husband Steve Arlington run Marshland Service Centre in Marshland St James.

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Mr Arlington said: 'We're a family-run garage and we're used to fixing things. We can't fix this horrible disease so we're raising money for the guys in white coats who can.'

Mr Arlington is doing GEAR along with the couple's daughters Sharntelle and Demi-Lee, Demi-Lee's partner Richard Crosbie, the Arlingtons' niece, Phoebe Murphy, and Craig Arlotte, brother of Sharntelle's partner, Stuart Arlotte.

Stuart Arlotte is doing the 1.2-mile Mini GEAR with his and Sharntelle's seven-year-old son, Dale.

A crowdfunding page has a target of £1,000 and donations at the garage have topped over £250 so far. Donations are also being taken at a supplier - Motor Parts Direct in Enterprise Way, King's Lynn.

Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, said: 'A big thank you and credit is due to three generations of the Arlington family for pulling together and taking up the challenge.

'Steve is new to running so well done him for going through the 10K training and putting up with some aches and pain.

'We wish all of them the very best.'

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