Sheffield mum’s swim pride

Joel Kesterton with mum Dot at Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Joel Kesterton with mum Dot at Ponds Forge, Sheffield
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A Sheffield mum diagnosed with breast cancer is ‘extremely proud’ of her son after he SWAM a marathon in her honour.

Dot Kesterton, aged 62, of Trap Lane, Bents Green, was devastated in January after her cancer diagnosis wrecked the keen runner’s plans to run races this year.

But her son, Joel Kesterton, of Moorsyde Avenue, Crookes, decided to swim a marathon instead, in aid of Sheffield’s Weston Park Cancer Hospital. The 32-year-old has now raised more than £1,000, having completed the challenge at the city’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Dot was given the all-clear last week, but will still have to go back to the hospital for radiotherapy.

She said: “It was a huge blow. I had to cancel a couple of races and then found out I had to have surgery.

“Joel felt helpless so he decided he would swim a marathon for the hospital.”

Dot also praised Cavendish Cancer Care, of Wilkinson Street, Broomhall.

She said Joel’s fundraising was made more difficult after he sustained an injury, but he battled through it.

She said: “He’s a rower and had a prolapsed disc, but decided to do it anyway. I’m extremely proud of him.”

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