Two brothers from Yorkshire are preparing to take on the Great North Run to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Wayne Singleton, from Rotherham, is aiming to cross the finish line at the popular half marathon with his older brother, Mark, who now lives in Swindon.
Wayne, 37, and Mark, 40, decided to take on the challenge after their younger brother, aunt and friend were all diagnosed with cancer during the last year.
Wayne said: “Choosing to take part in the Great North Run for Yorkshire Cancer Research was a natural choice for me and my brother. Our family has had strong roots in Yorkshire for many years so we wanted to be able to raise money for a charity that is not only passionate about fighting cancer but also helps tackle problems in our region.
“By raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research we hope that we can reach a position in the future where people do not have to go through the devastating experiences that our family and others have.”
Wayne and Mark have been following a strict training plan in preparation for the event, which takes place on Sunday, September 9. The brothers are hoping to raise £700 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which funds vital research and community health projects throughout the region.
Wayne added: “We want to give ourselves the best possible shot at not only completing the Great North Run but also finishing it in a competitive time. It will be a privilege and an honour to represent Yorkshire Cancer Research. To wear the charity’s iconic vest and run alongside my brother will truly be an overwhelming experience and one I am sure we will never forget.”
Charlie Jackett, Event Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Wayne and Mark for choosing to take part in the Great North Run for Yorkshire Cancer Research. The event raises thousands of pounds for the charity every year, helping to improve the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of cancer in Yorkshire. We wish all our runners the best of luck for the day.”
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.