Layla’s 10th Marathon means Cobalt can help more teenage cancer patients

Layla Gunter will be running her tenth marathon and this time it is for local medical charity Cobalt on Sunday 3 October, when she runs in the Virgin London Marathon.  Layla will be raising money to help fund a specialist nurse to support teenagers and young adults with cancer in the South West.  She works for BiGDUG Limited, a Gloucestershire based shelving and storage company as a content creator and also runs a wedding photography, videography and photo-booth business called Just SO Productions. Her colleagues will be supporting her with fundraising including a bingo session and running an inflatable race in September.

Layla Gunter said “Many of my friends and close family have been helped by the great work that Cobalt does. Currently a family member regularly visits for brain scans to check up on the growth of his tumour and has done since 2010. I’ve had a family member whose breast cancer was identified by Cobalt 18 years ago and has since fully recovered. 

My beloved Nan who has now fully recovered from grade 4 cancer of the uterus has said ‘the dedicated thoughtful and compassionate treatment I received from the Cobalt Unit made my fight against cancer less stressful. I am truly grateful to everyone involved.

Without this incredible medical charity pioneering medical imaging diagnosis, who knows where all these cherished people in my life would be today”.

Layla is being supported by local personal trainer, Deborah Wall of Fearne Fitness, who has put together a gruelling personalised training plan for Layla to ensure she is race ready come October.

Julia Jenkins Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said “We are delighted that Layla has chosen to support us.  The role of the Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer Specialist Nurse is incredibly important.  Young people between 16 and 25 with cancer are a unique group and have very different needs to adults and children. They may be starting out in a new job or further education, as well as becoming more body conscious. The nurse offers an outlet for them to confide in and get the answers to any questions they might have”.

Megan Willsher has been appointed as the Cobalt Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) with Cancer Specialist Nurse since June 2011 and is based at Cheltenham General Hospital, linking with colleagues in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Bristol and Birmingham; she is one of only five TYA Cancer Specialist Nurses in the South West.

Anyone wishing to find out more or interested in fundraising, challenges or in volunteering for the charity can go to or contact or 01242 535922. Follow Cobalt on Twitter @cobaltfr. The charity also have virtual London marathon places available (which is now sold out). Contact Fundraising Team on 01242 535922 for further information.

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Liz Harkin, Fundraising Communications Officer


Cobalt is a medical imaging charity supporting patients and medical professionals in the UK by investing in the advancement of diagnosis, research and education. We work closely with the NHS and other healthcare organisations to make our services accessible to all. We have two imaging centres and a fleet of mobile scanners equipped with the latest technology. We contribute to and participate in local, national and international research projects. We invest in people enabling patients to access support services and research trials which would otherwise…

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