Hospital consultant to run marathon

A CONSULTANT will run the London Marathon in memory of a colleague and friend who died of cancer last year.

Ed Seward, who works at Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone is dedicating his effort to Af Sawyerr, who was also a consultant.

Ed said: “Af was a fantastic doctor, consummate professional, excellent role model and valued member of staff.

“He was incredibly caring and compassionate and helped many patients during his time here.”

In September 2010 the endoscopy unit at the hospital was renamed The Sawyerr Endoscopy and Bowel Cancer Screening Unit as a tribute.

Mr Seward said: “Af was very proud of the excellent facilities we have here and the team felt it was a very fitting tribute for the unit to be named after him”.

As part of his training Mr Seward will compete in the Halstead and Essex Marathon on May 8.

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Funds raised will be donated to the Royal Marsden Hospital’s PREDICT cancer research project, which Af supported.

So far family and friends have raised more than �7,000 for the project.

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