A FUNDRAISING family are set to go the extra mile for a cancer charity at this year’s Great North Run.
Brian Seales, boss of Ashley Timber in South Shields, and his three sons Andrew, David and Paul have been backing the Teenage Cancer Trust since 2010, when one of the firm’s employees was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 19.
Their colleague Rebecca Anderson, 23, is in remission from the condition, and Brian and his family have been keen to raise awareness of and extra cash for the charity to thank it for the support she was given.
Brian’s sons recently took part in a zipwire challenge from the Tyne Bridge linking Newcastle and Gateshead, and the family sponsored South Tyneside singer and Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Joe McElderry’s Great North Run entries in 2010 and 2011, as well as his coast-to-coast bike ride last year.
The family’s support for the charity has boosted its coffers by almost £5,000.
The former X Factor winner even popped into Ashley Timber’s offices to thank them for their support.
Now Andrew, 31, and his twin brothers David and Paul, 29, will step up for the charity again at the Great North Run in September.
Brian, 55, said: “We decided as a family to support the work of Teenage Cancer Trust as we know they depend solely on donations to enable young people to be treated as young people first, cancer patients second. All my lads decided between them to take on these challenges, and it was great to see Andrew zipping over the Tyne last month.
“I’m really pleased that they are competing in the Great North Run this year, and I’d like to encourage others to run for the charity too.
“I know the Teenage Cancer Trust has a few charity places left, and it would be great to fill them all, but people will need to hurry as the closing date is Friday, July 4.
“Joe McElderry would have liked to have taken part again, but other obligations unfortunately clashed with this year’s run. However, it is great to see he’s taking on another huge bike ride challenge in August.”
Louise Miles, the trust’s regional fundraising manager, said: “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Brian and his family for raising such a fantastic sum of money to support local young people with cancer.
“We shall be there cheering Brian’s sons on to the finishing line, along with all our other runners.”
Anyone wanting to add to the amount raised by the Seales family can do so at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Seales
To help raise money for the charity at this year’s Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7612 0370. To make a donation, text T4T to 70300 to donate £5.