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From Eye Health to Bodily Health

From eye health to bodily health – Denise is on a mission

April 2014

An optometrist based in South Gloucestershire has embarked on a gruelling training programme in order to raise sponsorship and awareness for a not so common form of cancer and for research into it.

Denise Pinnell from Wickwar in South Gloucestershire is an optometrist with Norville Opticians which has practices across South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. When her husband Gerard was diagnosed with a form of kidney cancer last September she decided that she wanted to help in some small way.

So she has entered a Sprint Triathlon to be held later this spring and also embarked upon a campaign to raise awareness for this not so widely known ailment.

She said: “Gerard is fortunate. His cancer was picked up at an early stage but not so many are as lucky. Half of those who are diagnosed with cancer of the kidney die because it is already too late to do anything about it. In Gerard’s case it was found so early that all that was necessary was to remove the affected organ. He didn’t even need any chemotherapy.”

She added: “With some help from the Hogweed trotters Running Club in Chipping Sodbury I am trying to raise some badly needed funds for research into this awful condition. The Bristol Urological Institute is a leading research unit, is local to us here in the south west and every penny raised goes straight into the research without any being diverted towards admin.”

The Sprint Triathlon is to be held at Westonbirt School on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May and comprises a 400 metre swim, a 24 kilometre cycle ride and a 5 kilometre run.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor her exploits can do so at

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