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Richard Herring raises £30,000 for two Hertfordshire hospitals

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A comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.

Richard Herring wanted to express his gratitude to the NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, north London.

He ran the Hertfordshire Half Marathon in November, nine months after his surgery, and has raised a total of £30,422.

The East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, said it was an “incredible amount of money”.

In February, the stand-up comedian who rose to prominence as part of the comedy duo Lee and Herring with Stewart Lee underwent surgery at the Lister.

Herring, 54, had chemotherapy at Mount Vernon in March and ran the 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) race on November 7.

In a blogpost after the run he said: “It’s a great personal achievement, but also a reminder that cancer is not the end and that it can be survivable. I still don’t feel like I had cancer, but apparently feelings are not facts.

“I came home with my medal and told the kids I had won the race, which I had, in a way.”

Prior to the run, which began and ended in Knebworth, it was revealed that he had received a pledge to match any donations made on the day, allowing him to surpass his £25,000 goal.

Richard Herring (right), who grew up in Somerset, found national fame with Stewart Lee on the BBC’s Fist of Fun

“I never imagined when I was having the surgery that I’d be running a half marathon just nine months later and that I’d do it in under two hours!” said Herring, who also won the Channel 4 game show Taskmaster.

“I did this to express my gratitude to all of the NHS personnel who assisted in my rescue.”

He stated on his Just Giving page that the money would be split between the two hospitals and would go to the charity, which funds the purchase of new specialist equipment, additional staff training, research, and projects to improve patient experience.

“Everyone at our hospitals would like to say congratulations and huge thanks to Richard for not only running the half marathon, which has a very challenging route, but also for raising this incredible amount of money,” a charity spokesman said on its website.

Richard is a fantastic comedian as well as a very kind and thoughtful individual to do this.

“His outstanding fundraising efforts will ensure that our wonderful NHS teams continue to provide exceptional care to patients in similar situations to his. We are all very grateful.”

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