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We’re delighted to share the news that this year’s Children’s Cancer Run – which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2023 – and our accompanying Children’s Cancer Run At School programme, has raised a record-breaking £300,000.

This year’s total is the biggest amount the Children’s Cancer Run has ever raised for Children’s Cancer North – and we have you, our family of fundraisers and supporters, to thank for it.

To mark this important milestone, we invited some of the pupils and teachers that took part in the 40th anniversary of the Children’s Cancer Run to join us for a celebratory event and cheque presentation at Newcastle University; home of the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre.

This year’s winner of the Sandy Weir Memorial Trophy


Certificates were awarded to pupils and teachers to celebrate the amount of money they raised through the Children’s Cancer Run. It was so nice to see the happy, smiling faces of the students as they collected their certificates from our Chair of Trustees, Chris Peacock.

Every year, we give a very special award to one school that has gone over and above in their support for Children’s Cancer North and the Children’s Cancer Run. This year’s winner of the Sandy Weir Memorial Trophy is Rockcliffe First School, who have supported the Children’s Cancer Run since 2014 in loving memory of pupil Will Woods who sadly died as a consequence of cancer. Will’s family set up The Good Will Cause to raise funds for Children’s Cancer North, and the wider school community has been involved in raising money and awareness of the cause ever since.

The Sir Alan Craft Outstanding Achievement Award


Professor Sir Alan Craft, one of the founders of the Children’s Cancer Run, presented the Sir Alan Craft Outstanding Achievement Award to Children’s Cancer North trustee, Ian Birtwistle, in recognition of his 12 years supporting the run and his ongoing work with our charity. A childhood cancer survivor himself, Ian has cheered on more than 100,000 runners at the start line of the Children’s Cancer Run since 2011.

We also heard from Simon Bomken; part doctor (at the Great North Children’s Hospital) and part researcher (at the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre), who talked about the various ways the fundraising from the Children’s Cancer Run is spent to make life better for children with cancer – including funding an animations therapist and music therapist on the wards, and parties for the children, young people and teenagers who are in treatment on the wards.

Promoting exercise and movement


Louise Graham, Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist at the Great North Children’s Hospital, spoke to the visiting schools about how exercise and movement helps the children and young people receiving treatment on wards 4 and 14. Pupils were able take part in some of the activities funded by Children’s Cancer North, including a very energetic BlazePod session. Regular supporters of the charity and the Children’s Cancer Run, Little Movers, were also on hand to get everyone warmed up. They led a fun dance routine for everyone as well.

Louise also highlighted the new event that Children’s Cancer North recently delivered and part-funded in partnership with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – the iCanMove Family Activity Day at Gateshead International Stadium. The physiotherapy team at the Great North Children’s Hospital is heavily involved in the day too.

Children’s Cancer Run 2024


The Children’s Cancer Run celebratory event ended with an official cheque presentation for £300,000, made out to Children’s Cancer North.

The Children’s Cancer Run is our biggest fundraising event of the year. More than 10,000 runners and spectators come together at Newcastle Racecourse to help raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to support children and families affected by cancer.

This hugely important event wouldn’t happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers and corporate partners, not to mention the thousands of runners, spectators, and fundraisers. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Next year’s Children’s Cancer Run takes place on Sunday 19 May 2024 and entries open soon. Sign up to our newsletter, or follow us on social media to find out when you can book your place.

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