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Access Self Storage member to hike 26 miles for charity

Louise Gough is a customer service advisor at the Access Self Storage Southampton store. This week, we want to highlight the great work that she’s doing to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On 8th June 2019, Louise will be taking part in the South Coast Mighty Hike. The hike, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, spans 26 miles along the South Downs Way from Brighton to Eastbourne.

This is an enormous challenge and one that has a personal meaning to Louise.

Louise’s 26 mile hike for charity

Louise’s story

In October 2014, Louise discovered a small patch of skin that had turned into something which resembled the texture of an orange skin. Louise did the right thing and went to see her GP straight away. She had a lot of tests, including a core biopsy, along with an ultrasound scan and a CT scan. When the results from the biopsy came back, Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Following a year and half of treatment, Louise got the all-clear in August 2016. However, In October 2018, Louise developed achest infection, and test results revealed the cancer had returned. Thankfully, the doctors confirmed that this was a very small tumour and easily treatable, and Louise returned to work in March 2019.

Louise didn’t have to have a mastectomy, but said that in the future she will have one for preventative measures. Louise also has five girls, who are all having genetic testing to assess their risk of female breast and ovarian cancers.

On why she’s supporting Macmillan, Louise said “I'm not sure how I would have braved my own fight without Marie, my Macmillan nurse. She saw me through a dark place, with love, humour and practical support. It's time to repay the debt of gratitude I owe to these fantastic people.”

And it doesn’t end with the South Coast Mighty Hike for Louise. She plans on doing the Bournemouth Half Marathon in October and has set her sights on hiking the Great Wall of China in 2020. 

Louise’s 26 mile hike for charity

If you’d like to support Louise, you can do so via her JustGiving page. We think Louise is great - please give generously to this fantastic cause.