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Daughter’s triathlon bid to honour her mum

PUBLISHED: 08:07 17 July 2017

Della crossing the finish line for the Cotswold 226 challenge.

Della crossing the finish line for the Cotswold 226 challenge.

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An accountant from Nailsea has completed a triathlon to raise money for a breast cancer charity in honour of her mum.

Della Hudson, aged 48, signed up to take part in a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon in 17 hours for the Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust (BUST) at Southmead Hospital.

The mum-of-two, who owns Hudson Business Accountants and Advisors, decided to take on the Cotswold 226 triathlon after her mum was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Due to an injury she had to stop the bike ride after 87 miles, but Della went on to complete the marathon and has raised almost £1,400 for charity.

She said: “This has been the longest and toughest triathlon of my life and I’m proud of my achievement. My mum was there to spur me on, which certainly helped.”

Della’s mum Sylvia Gibson has now had the all-clear from doctors but she is encouraging women to get checked out if they find anything unusual.

She said: “I had an inverted nipple, rather than the typical lump we’re told to check for. I was lucky I got it checked out straightaway otherwise it could have spread and I would have had to have had a mastectomy.

“Instead, doctors were able to remove the cancer and now I’ve had the all-clear. The staff at Swindon Hospital were brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.

“I think it shows Della’s commitment to the charity. It really hit her when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and she’s driven to help others.”

Della, who lives in Backwell, said: “It was devastating for the whole family when my mum was told she had breast cancer. Fortunately, after a traumatic few months of surgery and radiotherapy, she was given the all clear.

“But my mum is just the latest in a long line of friends and family who have suffered from this dreadful disease.

“BUST is a charity close to my heart and I wanted to help.”

BUST raises money so clinicians can buy advanced equipment before it is available through the NHS.

Della taken part in numerous shorter triathlons and runs in aid of charity, including It’s In The Bag to support men with testicular cancer after one of her clients was hit by the disease.

But this was her biggest challenge to date and she hopes to raise £2,260.

To sponsor Della, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IronmanDella

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