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Valiant vampires, generous ghosts and plucky pumpkins will be stepping out after dark this Halloween to raise money for research into children’s cancer.

North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) will be hosting its sponsored zip slide, on Friday, October 28 from 5pm at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead – and they’re looking for brave souls to sign up to the challenge.

The NECCR funds research into childhood cancer for children like Tyla Hodkinson, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of five.

Tyla’s dad, Field Service Engineer Kim Hodkinson, will be taking part in the zip slide this year. He said: “Tyla completed his treatment back in July. It’s research funded by organisations such as the NECCR that has saved my little boy’s life. We have seen first-hand the impact that cancer can have on a child and the rest of the family and want to make a positive difference by donating to research.”

Over the past 35 years, the NECCR has helped to establish the North East as world-leaders in childhood cancer research.

Chris Peacock, chairman of the NECCR, said: “It would be great to see groups of friends and work colleagues in full spooky fancy dress kick-starting their Halloween night out and raising money for a good cause at the same time.

“While research over the past three decades has dramatically reduced the number of deaths from childhood cancer, it is still the number one cause of non-accidental death in young children across the UK. Each year around 120 children and young people are newly diagnosed with cancer in the North East, and we desperately need more funding into research to find a cure for this terrible disease.”

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