Great North Dog Walk boss issues cancer warning to sun seekers

Great North Dog Walk 2014.'Event organiser Tony Carlisle with German Shepherds Simba and Elsa (R)
Great North Dog Walk 2014.'Event organiser Tony Carlisle with German Shepherds Simba and Elsa (R)

A CHARITY boss has sent out a vital health warning to sun seekers – after being hit with a fresh cancer scare.

Great North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle had surgery on a growth on his back at Sunderland Royal Hospital last week, and is now awaiting the results of a skin cancer biopsy.

He is urging residents to make sure aware of the potential dangers of the sun, with temperatures soaring in the borough.

The dad-of-four said: “I was a PE teacher for 34 years and also had a sunbed years ago. At that time, there wasn’t any education about the potential dangers.

“Now there is.

“It is hotter in South Shields than in Majorca at the moment so it is a good time to remind people.

“People need to make sure they have suncream and take the adequate precautions, especially for the children.

“I have three daughters, aged six, four and one. I am not going to keep them inside, but I make sure they have suncream and are protected from the dangers of the sun.”

Mr Carlisle also had a cancerous growth removed from his arm late last year and suffered a heart attack the previous year.

He says waiting for the results of the biopsy has been hugely stressful – with preparations for the 25th annual Great North Dog Walk on Sunday, June 7, well underway.

He has thanked partner Nicola Greenan – who he will marry in August – for her staunch support.

He said: “It has been a very stressful time. One of the reasons I chose Northumbria Blood Bikes as a charity for this year’s walk is because I wanted to give something back to the NHS. I have had a lot of support from the NHS.

“My partner Nicola has been a Trojan. Whenever I have felt down, she has been there to lift me up.

“My philosophy is there is somebody always worse off than yourself.”

Twitter: @shieldsgazchris