A Whitley Bay man is going to extreme lengths to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
Jim Richardson is preparing to take part in the Polar Circle Marathon to raise funds for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
The 39-year-old has already raised more than £10,000 for the charity, based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Jim’s latest challenge is one of the ultimate endurance tests with the 26.2-mile route taking runners across the glaciers and ice cap of Greenland.
Jim will have a special incentive to take part in the event as his son Brody was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of two. Brody underwent a six-month course of intensive chemotherapy.
Now aged four, Brody still undergoes daily chemotherapy treatment, with a year of a three year course still remaining. In addition he has life effecting steroid treatment.
Jim said: “Spending time with Brody in the Great North Children’s hospital was literally eye opening, seeing some of the young people that are really suffering with cancer.
“The Polar Marathon is something that is a little different, but if the funds raised can go even a small way to aiding cancer research and treatment for young people then every mile is worth it.
“The research funded by the NECCR not only goes towards finding a cure for cancer but improving the treatments and quality of life of the young people, like Brody, when undergoing these treatments.”
Every single penny raised by Jim as he takes part in the Polar Challenge will go towards cancer research and the NECCR.
For more information about Jim’s story visit www.runningthearctic.com or donate via JustGiving.com/runningthearctic
Chris Peacock, chairman of NECCR, said: “We are delighted that Jim is running the Polar Marathon in aid of the NECCR.
“He’s really going to extremes in order to raise funds for the charity. He has been tremendous over the years, raising funds for the Charity through various runs and endurance events.
“But this is certainly something else.
“All we want to do at the NECCR is improve the lives of the young people through supporting research.
“The research taking place at the RVI thought the Northern Institute of Cancer Research is at the forefront of cutting edge cancer research and the funds raised through activities like this will only enable us to extend this research.”