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When someone’s life is touched by cancer, it often motivates them to do amazing things. Carl Mowatt, Operations Director at South Shields FC, is one of those special people.

When Carl heard the story of five-year-old Arthur Salters-Hoult – a young football fan from Wallsend who is currently being treated for a mutation of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) that’s never been seen in history before – he knew he wanted to do something special to raise money for childhood cancer.

In keeping with Arthur and Carl’s shared passion for the beautiful game, Carl has chosen to run a marathon that will take him from South Shields F.C., Sunderland A.F.C.’s Stadium of Light, and on to St James’ Park – home of Newcastle United. At each stadium, Carl will also complete a lap of the pitch.

Join Carl on his football-themed marathon challenge in aid of Children’s Cancer North

Carl said: “After meeting up with Ricky Hoult – Arthurs Dad – and hearing Arthur’s story and his current struggle at such a young age, we arranged to set up a charity football match.

“I had to say ‘hang on a minute, I must do something here to raise awareness about Arthur’s unique state of health and to try to help’. I am the lucky one who is in a good state of health and have a passion for running and local football. So I came up with the idea to run a marathon, but to incorporate football stadia into the mix. We have received amazing feedback from the three clubs involved, and we’re hoping to have mascots from the three clubs at each stage, and on the finish line.”

We’re incredibly touched and very grateful that Carl has chosen Children’s Cancer North as the beneficiary of his fundraiser. Our charity provides support to Arthur, and many children like him, who are undergoing treatment for cancer at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

To keep Carl motivated during his 26.2 mile run, he’s inviting members of the public to make a £20 donation and join him along sections of the route. Runners should expect to cover a minimum of 5K, but are welcome to run with Carl for as long as they like. All the money raised will come direct to Children’s Cancer North. If you’re a fan of the Mariners, you could join Carl at the start of his challenge at 1st Cloud Arena, or if your heart lies with The Black Cats, you can run a lap of the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Carl’s marathon challenge takes place on Sunday 21 April from 5:00am at 1st Cloud Arena and is expected to finish around 9:00am at St James’ Park. To find out more and book a place on the run, visit Carl’s official eventbrite page. If you’d prefer to make a donation to Carl’s marathon fundraiser, you do that on Carl’s JustGiving page.

We’d like to thank Carl for raising awareness of Arthur’s story and childhood cancer. Thanks to fundraisers like Carl – and the hundreds of people that make generous donations to our charity every year – we’re able to make life better for children with cancer.

If you’d like to raise money for Children’s Cancer North by arranging your own fundraiser, we have lots of resources on our website to help you. Or, please feel free to get in touch and we’d be happy to work with you.

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