Firefighters join fight against cancer

In training with Michael Day (third from the left) are firefighters (left to right) John Pigford, Andrew Campbell, Carl Miller, Peter Hart and Gary Crawford. Pictured below, the late Stuart Gaffney
In training with Michael Day (third from the left) are firefighters (left to right) John Pigford, Andrew Campbell, Carl Miller, Peter Hart and Gary Crawford. Pictured below, the late Stuart Gaffney
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KINDHEARTED firefighters will be among hundreds of men taking part in a major fundraising drive for cancer research this weekend.

Crew members from Stranton Fire Station, in Hartlepool, are set to tackle Miles for Men, which will see participants walk, run or jog three miles along Seaton Carew front in a bid to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The event, which takes place at noon on Sunday, August 19, will be officially opened by former Middlesbrough footballer Craig Hignett.

Organiser Michael Day said he is delighted to have the support of Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The 38-year-old said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the lads and we are just counting down the days until the event.

“We have about 600 people signed up so far and we are hoping it will be around the 700 mark next weekend.”

While the watch and crew manager stay with the fire engine to provide home fire safety advice, the rest of the firefighters will be taking part.

Firefighter Carl Miller said crew members from town wanted to take part in memory of colleagues within Cleveland Fire Brigade affected by cancer.

The 27-year-old, a former Brierton pupil, said: “This event is something we can all relate to as everyone knows somebody who has had or is tackling cancer and the fire service is no different.

“It can affect anybody, it doesn’t matter how fit or young you are.

“We all keep saying we will be doing it together but come the day I think our competitive streak will take over.”

The charity fun run is inspired by the Race for Life event, which is aimed at women and takes place in Hartlepool every year.

As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, there will also be collection buckets along the route for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Miles for Men wrist bands will also be on sale for £2.

Michael arranged the event in memory of his dad, Michael Day senior, who died four years ago aged 68 after a one-year battle with throat cancer and close friend, Stuart Gaffney, who died in March 2010, aged 45, after being diagnosed with a nasopharynx tumour.

The race will start at Customs House, in Maritime Avenue, and finish at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, in Elizabeth Way.

Afterwards, people can enjoy a fun day with a barbecue, bar, children’s entertainers, rides and live music.

The cricket club will open at noon for supporters to welcome in the runners, with celebrations continuing until 6pm.

The event has attracted support from a number of organisations including Niramax, Acorn Landscapes, Able Clean, Streamline Taxis, Stonecraft, Pins & Needles and printers ANF.

The latest firm to give its support is Teesside Audi, based in Stockton-on-Tees.

Michael, a single dad-of-three of Innes Road, added: “I would like to thank Seamus Watson, of Teesside Audi, for their support and they will be bringing three cars down on the day with the Miles for Men logo on.”

Entry costs £10 per person and for more information call the Miles for Men direct line on 07447 309436 or Michael Day on 07403 329145.

Alternatively register online at: http://supportus.cancerresearchuk.org/milesformen2012