A charity fundraising event next year has already pulled in £5,000 thanks to a South Tyneside business.
Geoff Ford, chairman of South Tyneside-based Ford Engineering Group, handed the money over to the Jarrow Relay For Life.
Next year’s event will be the 10th to run at Monkton Stadium in a bid to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
Event chair Ann Walsh has set an ambitious £100,000 target for the 2016 Relay, which would bring the total raised over a decade to £500,000.
Geoff said: “2016 is a special one for the Relay as it’s the 10th year and as such they’ve set a very ambitious target of £100,000.
“I thought we’d have a better chance of raising the money if we started earlier.
The Jarrow Relay For Life is the only one left in the North East so people need to get behind it.Geoff Ford, Ford Engineering Group
“It would be astonishing to see the fundraising reach half a million.
“The Jarrow Relay For Life is the only one left in the North East, so people need to get behind it.”
The 22-hour event sees cancer survivors and charity fundraisers team up to walk continuous loops of the track at Monkton Stadium, in Dene Terrace.
It also sees local entertainers take to the stage to support those taking part.
Ann said: “Mr Ford is a great supporter of the event. He always does the opening speech of Relay weekend and his company have at least one team involved every year.
“Over 30 employees, family and friends represented Ford Team last year.
“They will be entering teams again in 2016 and are determined to raise more cash than ever.”
So far, 26 teams are registered to take part in the event next year. To sign up or find out more, go to relay.cancerresearchuk.org