"During the past year, Wessex Cancer Trust has supported my family and had such a positive impact on our lives. Now I want to give something back.

That's why I'm taking part in their 'MyTri' event, a month-long personal triathlon challenge designed to help participants make the most of August, as well as raising money to support local people living with cancer. 

There are five levels and I'm tackling the toughest; the Ironman challenge which involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run. Training's going well, although I'm definitely finding the swim the most testing aspect. I'd set myself a fundraising goal of £200 and have already reached £600, so I'm delighted with that! 

I'm supporting Wessex Cancer Trust because in March 2018 my husband, Simon, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to undergo chemotherapy. He began to feel increasingly isolated, but was reluctant to talk about how he felt. It took him a while to even make it through the doors of the Salisbury cancer support centre, but once he had I could see the relief on his face. It was the most relaxed he's ever been. The team of people and the services they provide are amazing - from befriending and counselling to complementary therapies and support groups. No-one judges you, and because the centre is open to anyone affected by cancer, I've been able to talk to a befriender about my feelings, too. Sometimes a warm welcome and a friendly smile is all you need to make you feel a little bit better.

Unfortunately, Simon has a Grade 4 tumour so we know that our need for ongoing support is going to be high, but it's very reassuring to know that we have friends at the centre who completely understand our changing needs."