The Children’s Cancer Run was a special one this year being the 40th anniversary of the charity. The sponsorship money raised exceeded all previous fundraising totals – raising £294,536 – adding to the £8 million donated by dedicated supporters over the past 4 decades.
When the run began, approximately 80% of young people who contracted cancer died from the disease. Now thanks to the developments in research approximately 80% survive, with the Northern Institute of Cancer Research at the forefront of this research.
The run held in May, sponsored by Greggs and held at Newcastle Racecourse, saw around 10,000 fundraisers put their best foot forward to raise money for childhood cancer research.
A cheque for the amount was handed over to Professor Steve Clifford at an event to celebrate the top 10 schools that had raised the most funds. The winning school was Brunton First School, raising a huge £6,386.
Cancer survivor, Chairman of the NECCR and founder of the event, Chris Peacock, said:
“The Children’s Cancer Run has become a fantastic way of getting lots of young people from local schools to take part, all raising significant funds for the NECCR.
“Almost everybody you speak to today has been affectedly either directly or indirectly by cancer and to be able to support research and trials that are fighting to eradicate this is so essential.
“We hope as many people as possible will be able to take part in the event in 2020 and we will be able to not only match the success of previous runs but also take it to the next level.”
Schools can now register for next year’s run online at www.childrenscancerrun.org.uk and are provided with a pack of resources to help promote the event which includes an assembly presentation and letters to parents.
Two years ago saw the opening of the NECCR’s very own research laboratory at Newcastle University. Working in partnership with Newcastle University the charity has helped to raise the £5.5million needed to build the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre and contributed £500,000 from the Children’s Cancer Run and fundraising by its dedicated supporters.