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As one of the biggest fun runs in the UK, the 2011 Greggs Children’s Cancer Run has continued to blow the organisers away with this year’s fundraising grand total coming in at an astonishing £185,500, which was presented to the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR) recently.

Representatives from 20 schools across the region who took part in this year’s run met at the Sir James Spence institute at Newcastle RVI to find out how much they’d raised for the NECCR fund and were also presented with certificates for their achievement.

The 29th Greggs Children’s Cancer Run saw nearly 10,000 runners turn up at Gosforth Park to take on the five-mile challenge and together raise £185,500 that will go directly towards funding for the NECCR, which works to find the causes of childhood cancer and developing new treatments.

Professor Josef Vormoor, Sir James Spence Chair of Child Health at the RVI commented “Only 30 years ago we saw horrific mortality rates among young cancer sufferers where 70 to 80% of those children diagnosed died. Thankfully due to advances in both research and drug therapy those percentages have dropped and the survival rate is now 70% on average. This change can be linked to some amazing achievements throughout the scientific community which would not be possible without consistent levels of funding.”

David Wood, Chairman of the NECCR commented, “Each year I’m blown away by the dedication of the volunteers to who work tirelessly to make this event possible but I want to say a special thank you to all of the runners who turn up whatever the weather to make the day as special as it is each year. The Money you raise makes such a difference to the lives of the children affected by cancer, thank you.”

The Gregg’s Children’s Cancer Run began in 1983, when 100 students from King’s School in Tynemouth took part in the race to raise money for treatment for fellow student, Chris Peacock. Chris was diagnosed with diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys when he was four years old, and was given just a 30% chance of survival. Chris, now 36, is chairman of the race committee, and a proud father of two girls.

Chris said, “I’m so proud of what the run represents and what it’s become over the past 29 years, the race will celebrate its thirtieth birthday next May and we want to make the event extra special. We have such amazing support from all of our volunteers, from the people to set the course to those who hand out medals or man the car parks and I know that the thirtieth year will be one to remember and I’m pleased to announce that the date for next years Greggs Children’s Cancer Run will be Sunday 13th May 2012, I can’t wait to see you all there.”

Ken McMeiken, Chief Executive at Greggs spoke of the company’s belief in the run, “Greggs plc is proud to continue to support the Children’s Cancer Run. The event is hugely popular amongst everyone in the North East and especially amongst the team at Greggs. The NECCR is an excellent cause and we are hugely grateful for the hard work of everyone involved in raising a tremendous total to help children in the North of England.”

The Children’s Cancer Run is a 5-mile cross country family fun run set up to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR), and is sponsored by Greggs.

To find out about the next Children’s Cancer Run and our other fundraising events please visit www.neccr.org.uk/events

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