Cancer survivor Charlie to kick off Relay For Life with battling grandad

Charlie Mordey cuts the start ribbon at last year's event with organiser Ann Walsh.
Charlie Mordey cuts the start ribbon at last year's event with organiser Ann Walsh.

Brave cancer survivor Charlie Mordey is set to kick off a charity fundraiser next month with his battling grandfather by his side.

On July 11, five-year-old Charlie will cut the ribbon to start the Relay For Life, the 22-hour event which raises money for Cancer Research UK.

Norman Johnson with grandson Charlie Mordey.

Norman Johnson with grandson Charlie Mordey.

The Westoe Crown Primary School pupil was diagnosed with a rare leg tumour when he was just 18 months old, but has been in remission for almost four years.

His grandad, Norman Johnson, 71, has received treatment in the past for a form of blood and bone marrow cancer called myelodysplasia, and is now battling leukaemia.

The pair will start the fundraiser at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, before joining fellow cancer survivors for a lap of honour.

Charlie’s mum, Angela Mordey, said: “They both see it as an honour. Charlie has done it for the last three years, and now he is getting older, he understands a bit more about why he does it.

They both see it as an honour. Charlie has done it for the last three years, and now he is getting older, he understands a bit more about why he does it.

Angela Mordey, Charlie’s mum

“He gets a bit upset now he knows what cancer is, but he knows he is fit and healthy now. They’re both really looking forward to it.”

So far, 57 teams have signed up for the event, which has raised more than £250,000 since starting nine years ago.

The event’s chairwoman, Ann Walsh, said: “The message is that cancer never sleeps, and for one night, neither do we.

“I’ve got a huge amount of pride in the amount of money that has been raised over the years, and we’re hoping for another great event this year.

“Most teams have been fundraising throughout the year, but people can still sign up.

“There are a couple of weeks left to get registrations sorted to make sure they receive their fundraising packs.

“We want more cancer survivors to come along, because it gives out such a positive message.

“There are 41 survivors signed up so far, and if we could get that figure up to 50, that would be great.”

The event is free for cancer survivors to register. To apply for a place, search for ‘Jarrow Relay For Life’ on Google.