INNOVATIVE Hartlepool event Miles for Men raised more than £40,000 in its first year - and now the organisers have had the opportunity to see how that money is put to good use.
The charity’s founder, Michael Day, and fellow members of the fundraising group were given a guided tour of the Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.
The specialist centre brings world-class research and state-of-the-art cancer treatment to people in the region and aims to speed up the delivery of new therapies and improve cancer services in the area.
Michael, 39, the brains behind the first running of the Miles for Men event in town last year, said it was fantastic to see how all that money is spent.
The dad-of-three who lives in Innes Road, in the town, said: “We raised the money for the cause but to see where it’s actually going and to hear about all the people who put the time and effort in was absolutely fantastic.
“The knowledge the specialists have there is incredible and it’s just made us even more motivated to raise more money this year.”
As well as taking the opportunity to see the specialist facility, the team were also awarded a special commendation at the Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Hope awards in recognition of the fundraiser’s amazing achievements over the last year.
Miles for Men returns to Hartlepool later this month on Sunday, July 28 but after last year’s huge success the event has now been rolled out to Liverpool and Newcastle and will take place in the two major cities in September and November.
Michael and the Miles for Men team were given a guided tour around the specialist facility in Newcastle by Professor of Cancer Pharmacology, Prof Alan Boddy.
The centre is jointly funded by Cancer Research UK, the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Newcastle University and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Researchers in the centre have particular expertise in blood cancers – leukaemias and lymphomas – as well as childhood and prostate cancers but the specialists focus on all aspects of the disease.
The Northern Institute for Cancer Research also has a strong track record in developing and testing new treatments.
Thanks to the generosity of events such as Miles for Men and fundraising supporters, Cancer Research UK spend around £5million last year in the North-East.
More than 1,000 men walked, jogged and ran the three miles route in last year’s Miles for Men.
This year’s event will follow the same route, starting at Maritime Avenue and finishing at Seaton Carew Cricket Club.
l To register for the event, visit www.milesformen.co.uk.