Steven to run marathon for cancer charity

A North Shields social worker for a children and young people’s cancer charity is preparing to take on his biggest running challenge yet in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Steven Shiels provides practical and emotional support for families whose lives have been turned upside down by childhood cancer.

He is an experienced half-marathon runner, and took part in last year’s Great North Run, but the Edinburgh event on May 25 will be his first full marathon.

Steven, who works for CLIC Sargent and is based at the RVI, said: “I am running in memory of a ten-year-old child called Karen, who I supported through treatment but who sadly passed away earlier this year.

“I just want to raise as much money as possible to help children and young people with cancer.”

Ruth Bowen, CLIC Sargent running events manager, said: “We’re delighted Steven has signed up to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon.

“The funds raised by running events like this will help us continue and expand our work.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Steven can do so at