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More than 40 years ago, a group of families affected by childhood cancer came together to discuss how they could help raise money for research. At the time there were very few specific treatments for children and no children’s cancer unit.

With the support of Sir Professor Alan Craft and his colleagues at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Colin Peacock and the rest of the parents created the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR), with the aim of raising as much money as possible for childhood cancer research.

After a discussion with The King’s School in Tynemouth (now Kings Priory School), the idea was raised to hold a run. That run became the Children’s Cancer Run.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Children’s Cancer Run in 2023, we spoke to two of the run’s founding members, Sir Professor Alan Craft and Colin Peacock, about the beginnings of the Children’s Cancer Run, the special place it holds in the hearts of people in the North East and Cumbria, and the role it plays in making life better for children with cancer.

00:00 – 01:58
Why was the Children’s Cancer Run first established?

01:59 – 03:47
What do you remember about the early years of the Children’s Cancer Run?

03:38 – 05:27
Why is the Children’s Cancer Run such an important event?

05:28 – 06:24
Why do you think the Children’s Cancer Run has enjoyed such a long history?

06:25 – 09:54
What’s your fondest memory from the Children’s Cancer Run to date?

09:55 – 10:52
Why should people take part in the Children’s Cancer Run?

10:53 – 12:25
What does the future hold for the Children’s Cancer Run?

Feeling inspired? Sign up to the 40th anniversary run today!

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