Laura O'Brien


As running events are starting to make a comeback, we are thrilled to see so many of supporters taking on some of our favourite runs throughout the region. One such runner is Laura O’Brien, who will be taking part in the Mersey Tunnel 10K this September in memory of her Mum who received care at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for 10 years.

“I am supporting The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity in memory, and in honour of my Mum. Every year she used to make us take part in the Race for Life 5K and this year it’s my turn to run to directly support the services that she and our family benefitted from throughout her cancer treatment.

In 2009, my Mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and thanks to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a mastectomy she made it to remission twice.

Unfortunately Mum was diagnosed a third time and was told it was likely she wouldn’t make it to Christmas, and was given palliative care. Mum was a fighter, and survived another 2 years with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as continued support from the community team at Clatterbridge.

Mum passed with my Dad, brothers and I by her bedside on the Mersey Ward in July 2019. The staff at Clatterbridge could not have been more accommodating towards my family, including offering us the family accommodation so that we could be with Mum as much as possible in those final days.

My Mum had access to the best facilities, specialists and treatment for 10 years, and we will never be able to pay the kindness and outstanding service we received so this is just my way of giving something back to the centre that cared so much for my Mum and our family.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to Laura for taking on this year’s Mersey Tunnel 10K – we can’t wait to cheer you on! If you would like to take part in one of our running events click here to see what's coming up in your