MEN taking part in a major fundraising drive for cancer research have the chance to get a permanent reminder of their efforts.
Miles for Men will see participants walk, run or jog three miles along Seaton Carew front to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Organiser Michael Day has teamed up with Apostle Tattoo, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, to offer people the chance to get a Miles for Men-related tattoo dedicated to a loved one.
The 38-year-old has stepped up to the plate and is now urging others to follow his lead.
The tattoos cost £40, with £10 going to Apostle Tattoo to cover costs and £30 going to Cancer Research UK.
Two days have been set aside, Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13, and the aim is to do 80 tattoos in a bid to raise £2,400 for the charity.
Women can also get a tattoo done in memory of a loved one.
Michael, a single dad-of-three of Innes Road, said: “Apostle Tattoo approached me and I think it is a really great idea.
“Participants can get a tattoo dedicated to a loved one, or someone who is ill, as a permanent reminder.
“It is all helping to raise money for a great cause.”
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.
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.
Michael senior, a keen runner, received treatment at the hospice, in Wells Avenue, before his death.
Meanwhile, Michael’s close friend, Stuart Gaffney, died in March 2010, aged 45.
He was first diagnosed with a nasopharynx tumour in April 2004 and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, was told in 2005 the cancer had cleared.
But it returned in 2008 and he lost his fight in 2010 and passed away at the hospice.
Michael added: “The excitement is really starting to build now and we are all looking forward to the event.”
Niramax is sponsoring Miles for Men, which is due to take place on Sunday, August 19, at noon.
The race will start at Customs House, in Maritime Avenue, and finish at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, in Elizabeth Way.
The runners, family members, friends and supporters 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.
Entry costs £10 per person.
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