TWo pals who lost their lives to cancer will be at the forefront of a South Shields restaurant owner’s mind when he competes in next weekend’s Great North Run.
Noor Ahmed Kinuu, 45, will be raising funds for the Toma Fund, a charity which supports teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
The owner of Café India in Ocean Road is taking part in the Newcastle to South Shields half-marathon on Sunday, September 15, in memory of two friends who both died in the last year – Joy Miah, 52, and fellow town restaurant worker, Shamim Miah, just 32.
It will be the second time Mr Kinuu has competed in the run – on his debut last year he raised £600 for Cancer Research UK. He’s hoping to top that figure this year and has been receiving pledges of cash from friends, family and regular customers.
Training, which includes daily runs and regular trips to the gym at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields, has been going really well, with Mr Kinuu dropping five stones in two years, to 12st 7lbs.
He said: “Running helps me keep fit and I wanted to do something to remember my friends who both died from cancer.
“The Toma Fund is especially worthwhile because it helps both children and young people and their families here in the North East.
“I’m training hard and hoping to finish in under two hours this year.
“Any death is tragic but when you think of someone like Shamim, who left a young family, it is so sad.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Mr Kinuu can call into Café India in Ocean Road.