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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Comedian raises £30,000 to thank Northwood cancer centre for lifesaving treatment 

 Published on: 14th November 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Comedian Richard Herring ran the Hertfordshire Half Marathon on November 7 – just nine months after having cancer surgery – and has raised more than £30,000 for East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity. 

Richard wanted to raise funds to thank NHS staff at Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, where he was treated for testicular cancer earlier in the year. 

The Hertfordshire resident had an operation to remove the cancer at Lister in February and had chemotherapy at Mount Vernon in March, with the care he received inspiring him to take on the 13.1-mile challenge.

The 54-year-old revealed ahead of the race, which started and finished in Knebworth, that he had received a pledge to match any donations made on the day – helping him pass the £30,000 mark for his fundraising efforts. 

Richard, who was a champion on the Channel 4 game show Taskmaster, said: “I never imagined when I was having the surgery that I’d be running a half marathon just 9 months later and that I’d do it in under 2 hours! 

“I did this to thank all the NHS staff who helped to save me. I’m also grateful to the matched funding that doubled the donations on race day.”

Eloise Huddleston – director of East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, which supports Lister Hospital, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre as well as Hertford County Hospital and the New QEII in Welwyn Garden City – said: “Everyone at our hospitals would like to say congratulations and huge thanks to Richard for not only running the half marathon, which has a very challenging route, but also for raising this incredible amount of money for our hospitals. 

“Richard is a great comedian and also a very kind and thoughtful person to do this. His brilliant fundraising will ensure our wonderful NHS teams continue to give exceptional care to patients who face similar situations to his. We are all extremely grateful.”

You can still sponsor Richard via and you can read his account of the race on his blog at

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