Disabled mum to walk London Marathon with four-wheeler for son with cancer

PUBLISHED: 12:50 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 24 April 2015

Louise Berwin with her four-wheel walker. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Louise Berwin with her four-wheel walker. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email

Louise Berman has no feeling below her left knee but that will not stop her trekking almost 27 miles through the capital this weekend.

James BerwinJames Berwin

The 60-year-old, of Lyttelton Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb, will walk the London Marathon on Sunday with the assistance of her trusty four-wheeled walker to raise money for a cancer charity.

In September, Ms Berman’s 28-year-old son James, a trainee orthopaedic surgeon, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and is now relying on a stem cell transplant to save his life.

Ms Berman, who has been registered disabled since severing a nerve in her leg during a freak fall eight years ago, is determined to cross the finish line on Sunday to raise thousands of pounds for charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Recalling her reaction to James’s diagnosis, she said: “He phoned me at work and said, ‘Can I have lunch with you?’ He told me and it was just hideous because what do you do? You can’t kiss it better.

“The worse thing of all is that you relinquish control because it’s the cancer that is in control, not you. So you can’t plan to do anything. He had his entire career mapped out and it’s all being put on hold.”

On Sunday, Ms Berman, who works for an equity management firm in the City, will be joined on the walk by her friend Elizabeth Shrager, of Wedderburn Road, Hampstead.

Six years ago, Ms Shrager’s husband Robert died of myeloma, another blood cancer. Both women are passionate about the work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

“I started to read about the research they were doing,” said Ms Berman. “It turns out they need £20million a year and I thought, ‘I need to do something. I have to do something positive, I can’t sit here and let this happen.’

“If you can’t be positive then you’re going to go under so I just have to keep being positive and pushing myself forward.”

Simon Murrell, of Mansfield Road, Gospel Oak, is also taking part in Sunday’s marathon.

The musician is running in support of charity Beating Bowel Cancer in memory of his mum Christine, who died from cancer in 2012.

He said: “Seeing how cancer affected mum and her amazing courage facing it had a profound effect on us all.

“As Mum was so appreciative of others, was such a giving person and so supportive of charitable causes, I knew she would want me to do all I could to express our thanks, to give something back, to help others.”

If you wish to support Ms Berman and Ms Shrager’s fundraising efforts, visit To support Mr Murrell, go to

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Lucy Casey has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the “unbelievably brutal attack” that killed Hannah Leonard.


A sixteen year old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent over the Billy Fury Way stabbing which left another teenager in a “critical condition” in hospital.


Only the wind in the trees and the sound of planes passing overhead could be heard at Highgate Cemetery yesterday morning, as it marked Armistice Day.

Yesterday, 18:15

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell slammed Barnet Council’s controversial Capita contracts as “a really good example of the iniquities of outsourcing” – but Barnet leader Cllr Richard Cornelius hit back and appeared to rule out bringing the outsourced services back in-house under his administration.

Yesterday, 12:04

December 8 will see a parade of beards and red woolly hats at Alexandra Palace as, for the first time, YMCA North London holds a Santa Run at the historic Haringey location.

Yesterday, 11:50

Highgate Newtown’s historic Konstam Nursery has unveiled a commerorative mosoaic celebrating its links to the First World War.

Yesterday, 10:00

When the sound of rockets was heard across north London on November 11, 1918, some feared for their lives.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jamie Brown, of Archant Local Impact, explains how to make your business stand out from the crowd


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now