Ilkeston dad to run London Marathon for brave daughter

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An Ilkeston dad will run the London Marathon for his five-year-old daughter who fought cancer.

Andrew Icke, 40, has already raised more than £2,000 for the charity that helped his family when his daughter Alice was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Andrew will tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile course to raise money for Macmillan, a charity who supported his family when Alice was diagnosed with kidney cancer last March.

He said: “Hearing the news that your child has cancer is something no parent can be prepared for. We were completely devastated, terrified and of course extremely worried. Your world is turned upside down and you are thrown into a whirlwind of tests and treatment plans and it can be very confusing and scary. We were assigned a wonderful Macmillan nurse who helped explain what was happening and listen to our fears. She visited us at home on several occasions to help us and Alice understand what was happening and she was at the end of a phone whenever we needed her.”

Andrew, who runs Blend Barbers on Nottingham Road, has always been a keen runner and wanted to raise money for Macmillan so other families would receive the same support they did.

Alice finished treatment in December and the family received the news that she was cancer free in January.

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