YOUNGSTERS from North Tyneside helped launch the countdown to an annual charity fundraising run.
Pupils from Hadrian Park Primary School in Wallsend and Greenfields Primary School in Wideopen were among the special guests at the launch of the 31st Children’s Cancer Run.
They were treated to gingerbread men made by event sponsors Greggs and were joined by Metro Radio breakfast show hosts Steve and Karen, former Newcastle United star Paul Bracewell, Newcastle Falcons centre Tane Tu’Ipulotu, and run chairman Chris Peacock.
The annual event aims to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) fund, which was given a boost on the launch day with an anonymous donation of £49,598.
The five-mile run will take place at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, on Sunday, May 19.
Mr Peacock, who inspired the creation of the run 31 years ago when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer as a four-year-old, said: “The money raised for the NECCR is vitally important not only for children in the north east, but across the world.
“The more people that take part in the run, the more research into cures and medication for childhood cancer can be undertaken.
“Without the run and the funds it raises through sponsorship, the research simply could not be carried out at the level it is.”
Entry is £12 or £6 for under sevens.
For more information or to book a place visit www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org