A DAD is preparing to run a marathon after seeing one of his best friends go through the ‘hell’ of cancer.
Stewart Scott, 44, is competing in the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday (May 27) to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He took up the challenge after seeing his friend John Shakespeare suffer with tongue and throat cancer in 2009.
Father-of-two Mr Scott, from Staverton, said: “John and I have played golf together for years and known each other for around 10 years.
“When he was going through cancer I visited him in hospital, took him to appointments and was with him quite a lot.
“He went through hell but with the help of Macmillan he got through it. So I want to help raise as much money as possible to support this wonderful charity.”
Mr Scott also ran the London Marathon back in 2006 for NSPCC.
He added: “My training has included two half-marathons and a 20-mile run.
“My toes are suffering but thankfully my daughter is great at foot rubs.”
Mr Shakespeare, 54, from Newnham, said: “I had quite a large tumour and the way Macmillan looked after me was wonderful. They have an amazing set up.
“I still have to go back for check-ups but I’ve got the all clear at the moment and the charity played a big part in that.
“I’m very grateful to Stewart for doing this.”
Mr Scott set himself a fundraising target of £750.
He has already surpassed that and raised £921, but he wants to continue raising as much as possible.
If you’d like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Stewart-D-Scott.