A HARTLEPOOL charity continues to go from strength to strength - and has now won a prestigious award in recognition of a “fantastic” first year.
Miles for Men was awarded a special commendation in the Innovation category at Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Hope awards.
It’s another boost for the hard-working Miles for Men team, who set up the fundraiser for the very first time in the town last year and raised a staggering £40,000.
More than 1,000 men walked, jogged and ran the three mile route in the town last year and helped to raise the huge amount.
And organisers are expecting even more fundraisers to turn out this year when the fundraiser returns on Sunday, July 28.
And ahead of the event, charity founder Michael Day expressed his delight at receiving the commendation award.
The 39-year-old dad-of-three who lives in Innes Road, said: “It’s nice to get the fantastic recognition like this for all of the hard work the team have put in since we launched the charity.
“The way it’s took off has been absolutely brilliant and that is down to the Hartlepool public.
“The way they have supported us and the sheer numbers keen to take part is fantastic.”
Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Our Flame of Hope Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work they do.”
Paul Wadsworth, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Hartlepool, added: “Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person.
“These awards are our way of honouring incredible people like the Miles for Men team who are helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“They give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return.
“It’s thanks to their support that we are able to help create more tomorrows for more people.”
Men and boys taking part in this year’s event are still being urged to return their forms for this year’s event.
Colourful comedian Roy Chubby Brown will be starting the event, which starts at Maritime Avenue and finishes at Seaton Carew Cricket Club where there will be a fun day and live music from bands including The Style Selektors.
People can register for the event by logging on to www.milesformen.co.uk.