Barking and Dagenham Post reporter raises £1,500 through half marathon for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 17:16 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:16 21 March 2017

Phoebe at the half-marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday.

Phoebe at the half-marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday.


A Post reporter has raised nearly £1,500 for the cancer charity supporting her cousin.

First time half marathon runner Phoebe Cooke took on the race at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday to raise awareness and funds for the NET Patient Foundation, the only charity supporting people suffering from neuroendocrine cancers (NETs).

Phoebe’s cousin Bella Cooke was diagnosed with NETs when she was 28, but reported symptoms seven years before. Now 33, Bella has received invaluable support and advice from the charity over the last ten years.

The rare form of cancer arises from cells of the endocrine and nervous system. Because they can present in almost any organ of the body and symptoms can mimic those of other more common diseases they are often difficult to diagnose.

Phoebe finished the scenic route in two hours and fifteen minutes. “I was so nervous when I started but the atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great being supported by so many well-wishers along the route,” she said.

The Palmers Road, Bethnal Green resident said her outfit was inspired by the charity’s mascot, a zebra – based on the idea that when you hear hoof beats you shouldn’t always expect a horse.

“This is the only charity in the whole country which funds research into this cancer and Bella is one of thousands of patients they’ve supported in the last ten years,” she added. “Anything that anyone can spare would be hugely appreciated.”

For more information about the charity visit Go to to donate.

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