FUNNYMAN Jason Cook is swapping the stage for the racetrack as he vows to raise money in memory of his dad and in honour of his mum.
The comedian, who created hit BBC sitcom Hebburn, is taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life later this month.
The event, at Monkton Stadium in Dene Terrace, Jarrow, kicks off at 11am on Saturday, July 12 and runs for 22 hours.
Jason, 40, who hails from Hebburn, is teaming up with family members, including his wife, Clare, sister, Alix Thompson, and brother-in-law, Garry Thompson, as well as fellow comic Steffen Peddie, and his family, to take on the mammoth challenge.
Dubbed Team Tony, the fundraisers will remember Jason’s dad, Tony, who passed away in 2008.
The 62-year-old had suffered a stroke in 2006 and had triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.
The following year, he tragically passed away just eight days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Jason’s mum Pat, 65, is also taking part in the event as a survivor, after beating kidney cancer last year.
Jason said: “We’ve wanted to do this for the last couple of years but haven’t been able to because of things like filming Hebburn getting in the way.
“We popped down for a bit last year though and the atmosphere was amazing, especially during the lap that all the survivors did together.
“We’re all looking forward to it because it’s going to be a great chance for us all to spend some time together as a family, which we don’t often get to do because everyone is so busy.
“We’ll be staying overnight too and camping out so that will be a lot of fun.”
He added: “Life gets too busy, so it’s good to take some time out every now and again to think about people that you’ve lost.
“I think my dad would just be happy that we were all doing something together as a family.
“He was a real family man, so this would have been a big thing for him.”
The Relay For Life event will also include musical performances, games, entertainment and food.
It will see members of each team take turns to walk around the track for 22 hours.
To sponsor Jason and his team, go to relay.cancerresearchuk.org and search for ‘Team Tony’