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TOUGH TREAD: Runner raises money for cancer centre with tough endurance challenge

 Published on: 28th February 2022   |   By: Jenny Hersh   |   Category: Uncategorized

A resident took part in a gruelling challenge to raise money for a hospital centre in Northwood.

Bedfordshire resident Rick Wilmott completed the 4x4x48 Challenge to raise money for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre in Northwood.  

The 4x4x48 Challenge saw Rick run four miles every four hours over 48 hours, beginning on March 4. 

The scanner centre, at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, is an independent medical charity and is a recognised centre of excellence and world leader in CT-MRI and PET-CT imaging for cancer. 

 The centre currently receives no government funding and is reliant on donations from its sponsors. It offers an important service to those undergoing cancer treatment, with 16,000 scans currently being undertaken annually.  

Rick, from Toddington, said: “Prior to my dad passing away, he underwent cancer treatment at Mount Vernon and I would love to be able to help raise vital funds to help other families identify cancer early. 

“I’ve been on the treadmill every day and plan to increase the number of daily runs over the next few weeks. It’s all going to plan hopefully!” 

Rick has already raised £1,810 for the charity, more than surpassing his initial goal of £1,000. 

If you would like to sponsor Rick, visit 

For more information on the scanner centre, visit

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