A 46-YEAR-OLD man from Over Wallop is running the London Marathon on October 3 to support his sister’s cancer charity.

Nick Kinloch from Craydown Lane in Over Wallop said he is looking to raise money for a “small but incredibly effective charity” Salivary Gland cancers founded by his sister.

A management consultant by profession, Nick said he is only a casual runner who works out to keep his body fit and this will be his first ever marathon.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Nick said he is very excited about the event.

“In the summer of 2012 my sister Emma was diagnosed with a rare and pernicious form of cancer – Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC),” Nick said, as he explained why he is undertaking this challenge.

“At the time little was known about its biology, there were no targeted drug therapies and research into the condition was limited. There was no patient support in the UK either.

“Emma underwent treatment that summer and since then has been working passionately to build information and support network for people affected by, or treating, ACC and other Salivary Gland cancers. The charity she founded – SGCUK - focuses on patients and clinicians, it provides patient support, sponsors and contributes to research and is raising both the knowledge and the profile of these rare forms of cancer, in the UK and beyond.

“SGCUK is a small but incredibly effective charity. Every single penny contributed goes towards supporting patients or pushing the boundaries of research. No pens in the post, no people with clip boards on the high street – direct funding to where it makes a real difference.

“So, if Emma, Robert Metcalf, everyone involved at the charity itself, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester Uni can do so much with the resources that they have, The very least I can do is drag my aging carcass around the course on October 3 and hopefully raise some much needed funding. I know it will go straight to patient support or research where it will make a big and immediate difference.”

If you wish to contribute to the charity, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickKinloch