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Two of our wonderful trustees are fundraisers of the month! Sally Cowling and Ian Birtwistle are huge supporters of the charity, both in giving their time as trustees and in fundraising for us too.

Sally has set herself a 2020 challenge to raise £2,020 for the charity with a different physical challenge each month. Last month her challenge was to row the length of the River Tyne (118km) on a rowing machine. Sally is driven to fundraise for a very personal reason:

“In June 2009 our world was rocked when my three-year-old son Tom was diagnosed with a tumour on his kidney. After a major operation to remove his kidney and the tumour and 8 gruelling months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Tom was given the all-clear. The outcome for some children is not always so good. It’s for this reason that I wanted to give something back and have been fundraising and a Trustee of the NECCR for the past ten years.”

Good luck Sally!

Sally’s JustGiving page

Ian was diagnosed and treated as a child with cancer and has been a trustee of NECCR for over a decade. Sadly, cancer has returned, in Spring 2019 he was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, a type of bowel cancer that has unfortunately also spread to his liver. This has not stopped his ambitions to continue fundraising for us. He said of his goal:

“I’ve decided that I want to do something positive to make a difference so I’m going to run the Great North Run. I’m not a runner and because of treatment I have roughly a third of the immune system and red blood cells of a normal person. Training and the big day won’t be easy but I’m determined to take on and complete something I was never brave enough to take on as a well person.”

Ian has almost reached his target of £10,000 and is still training – we’re so proud of you Ian!

Ian’s JustGiving page

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