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If you have been successful in obtaining a place in the ballot to run in the 2005 Flora London Marathon on 17th April, need help in training healthily to meet your personal fitness goals, and finding a good cause to run for - national holistic cancer care charity the Bristol Cancer Help Centre has the solution.

Drawing on 24 years’ expertise in building holistic health and wellbeing through the world-famous Bristol Approach to cancer care, the charity offers a unique programme of fitness and nutritional advice to challenge events participants raising funds for it’s work to support people with cancer and their loved ones.

Through the expertise of Sports Events Co-ordinator Caroline Barnard, the Centre supports it’s marathon runners with email, telephone, individual and group consultations on:

This support programme is what has attracted marathon runners like Mark Pilkington to come back and run for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre time and time again.

Mark comments:

“The beauty of getting support from the Bristol Cancer Help Centre is that they put together a training programme that is natural and helps you to train healthily, so you can gradually build up your stamina levels. There was a great atmosphere in the Centre’s team at the New York Marathon - that’s why I’m looking forward to running for the charity again in my second London Marathon."

Caroline Barnard the Centre’s Sports Events Co-ordinator explains:

“At the Bristol Cancer Help Centre we work on the holistic route, my role involves encouraging people to train for the London and New York Marathons safely and healthily, and I find it very rewarding to help people to successfully complete marathons and achieve their personal fitness targets.”

  • To find out more about running in aid of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in the London Marathon, please contact Danny Burke on 0117 980 9529 or


For more information please contact Danny Burke, Community and Events Fundraiser, Bristol Cancer Help Centre on 0117 980 9529,

Notes to editors

  1. The Penny Brohn Memorial Lecture was established in 2002 in memory of the co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre and is a tribute to Penny's questioning spirit. The Lecture is a forum for debating current and emerging issues in cancer care that may be neglected by mainstream discussion and research. It is an important opportunity for speakers to explore ways in which people with cancer can regain some measure of control over their health and wellbeing the pursuit of which was Penny's passion.
  2. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington MBE to support people living with cancer and those close to them.
  3. It is the UK's leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.
  4. The charity offers information and support through Bristol Approach two day and Bristol Retreat five day residential courses at the Centre providing people affected by cancer with a unique programme combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. A range of follow up courses are also available.
  5. The charity's Cancerpoint service enables people affected by cancer in the Bristol area, Somerset and Wiltshire to access individual appointments with the Centre's therapy team.
  6. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment, and has been developed and is delivered by the charity's experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
  7. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into mainstream cancer services, and to develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care, with over 500 training places a year for health professionals and complementary therapists a year, in using the Bristol Approach in their work to support people with cancer.
  8. For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email or log onto

"It has been a great satisfaction to me to see how strongly the approach pioneered at Bristol has influenced the development and improvement of cancer services all over Britain."

HRH The Prince of Wales

Patron of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.