A TOP comic has thrown his weight behind a major annual fundraiser which raises thousands of pounds for cancer research.
Colourful Roy “Chubby” Brown – who won his own battle with throat cancer - will officially start this year’s Miles for Men event when it returns on Sunday, July 28.
Last summer’s event in Hartlepool saw men of all ages run, walk, or jog a three-mile route in aid of national cancer charity, Cancer Research UK and a total of £40,000 was raised.
The brains behind the event, town man Michael Day, said he is delighted to have the comic on board.
Regarded as Britain’s bluest comedian, Roy “Chubby” Brown - who was born in Grangetown, near Middlesbrough - has overcome his own two-year battle with throat cancer.
Dad-of-three Michael Day, 39, launched Miles for Men in memory of his dad Michael Senior, who died of throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.
Single Michael, of Innes Road, said: “We are really pleased that Roy “Chubby” Brown has agreed to start this year’s Miles for Men event.
“I have always been a big fan of his and we are delighted he is on board.
“We contacted him via his Facebook page and told him how Miles for Men started and told him that I had lost my dad.
“He replied and said it was a cause close to his heart and he was happy to help out.
“It is great for us because he has a really high profile and is from the North-East,” added Michael, who last week picked up the Fundraiser of the Year award at the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.
People looking to take part in the event will be able to register within the next few weeks.
The first Miles for Men event, which was started by former Middlesbrough footballer Craig Hignett, saw around 1,000 men taking part and raised a mammoth £40,106.69 which smashed the original target of £7,000.
It was such a success that the brand has been extended to other areas including Newcastle and Liverpool.
Those events are likely to be run by Cancer Research UK, but Michael said he would be on hand to help.
Miles for Men saw men and children of all ages whose lives had been touched by the disease walk, run or jog the three miles from Maritime Avenue, in Hartlepool, to Seaton Carew Cricket Club.
People are asked to keep checking milesformen.co.uk over the next few weeks for registration details.
For more information telephone 07403 329145.