Fund-raisers picking up the pace for Children’s Cancer Run

Peter, Manuela and Dylan Williams.
Peter, Manuela and Dylan Williams.
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Thousands of fund-raisers are to step out for an annual fun run.

Around 8,000 runners from across the North East will pick up the pace for the 35th annual Children’s Cancer Run.

The event, hosted by the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR), raises hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, and will be held at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday.

In 2016 the Children’s Cancer Run reached a funding milestone raising more than £200,000 for research into effective treatments for childhood cancers, adding to the £6million donated by dedicated NECCR supporters over the past three decades.

The Run offers five mile, three mile and ‘mini mile’ cross country tracks to ensure families and runners of all ages and abilities can take part in the fun run.

The money raised for the NECCR directly funds research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer, helping to establish the North East as one of the world leaders in this specialist area of research.

Among those taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run is Dylan Williams, from Jesmond, who had just turned 12 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in December 2015.

Mum Manuela Williams said: “It was a very challenging and difficult period overall.

“I cannot praise enough the work carried out by the nurses and doctors who worked tirelessly to improve Dylan’s conditions and reassure him.”

Dylan started raising money for the wards and for children’s cancer research.

Manuela added: “Dylan feels very proud of his achievements, and plans to take part in the Children’s Cancer Run to raise money for the outstanding medical research on child cancers that takes place in Newcastle.”

For more details about the event, visit www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk