A testicular cancer survivor is taking part in a 14 mile walk to raise money for the hospital that helped him beat the disease.

John O’Shea, from Addiscombe, was diagnosed with stage two testicular cancer in September 2012 and was referred to the Royal Marsden in Sutton.

He underwent three rounds of chemotherapy, but found out the disease had spread to his lymph nodes in 2013.

The 45-year-old was then given the all clear in November 2013.

The father-of-two said: “I had three operations and at one point ended up in intensive care.

“The staff were fantastic and my family also received a lot of help from The Royal Marsden.

“Doing this walk is a small thing compared to what they do on a daily basis.”

Mr O’Shea has signed up to take part in this year’s Marsden March – walking 14 miles between the hospital’s sites in Chelsea and Sutton.

As a result of one of his cancer treatments, the 45-year-old put on three stone which he is working hard to lose and is looking forward to this year’s walk.

He said: “I’m getting back to full health now and really want to get back to my pre hospital weight.

“The training I’ve been doing for the Marsden March is helping me to slowly get there.

“I’m hoping to do the walk within three hours and with the training I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do it.”

Registration for the event closes on Monday, and there is also a shorter five mile fundraising walk.

Go to www.royalmarsden.org/march/home to sign up.