Cancer Charity Push Fun Factor as Annual Run Returns for Seventh Year

23rd February 2015

The dedicated charity for the regions specialist cancer hospital is encouraging fitness fanatics and jolly joggers alike to find the 'fun in a run' by taking on their annual park run.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is hoping that people from across the region will once again turn out in their hundreds to take on either the 3k fun run or 10k race on Sunday the 12th July to help raise vital funds for Weston Park Hospital. Run in the Park, which last year saw over 1000 runners complete the challenge through local beauty spot, Graves Park, will return again this year with the hope of encouraging more participants to don fancy dress and embrace the fun factor. Entries are now open for both the 3k and 10k runs and this year the charity is hoping that more families will join them for a fun day out and step out together to help raise much needed sponsorship for the charity. The popular day, sponsored by Autoworld and Irwin Mitchell, welcomes families, friends and colleagues to don their running vests in support of the cancer charity and is well attended by both hospital staff and patients alike. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer. Father-of-two, Gareth Williams (39), has taken part in Run in the Park in 2011 and 2013 similarly, alongside friends and family to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in September 2010. Pub landlord, Gareth, and his wife Sarah, who own The Union Hotel in Nether Edge have raised an astonishing £20,000 for the cancer charity in just four years by hosting various fundraising events as well as wearing fancy dress at Run in the Park. Gareth said: -Year on year we vowed to continue raising money for what is such an incredible and vital facility for the people in our region. We like to make each fundraising challenge fun for all involved and in 2011 our running team dressed up as pint pots and then again in ladies underwear in 2013 to run the 10k race through Graves Park. -It's a great event to take part in alongside friends and family and I'd urge anyone thinking of digging their fancy dress costumes out for the day to do so! -We never imagined our fundraising for the cancer charity would reach such a huge total but we've set our sights on more events this year and we'll be back at GravesParkin July to take on the route dressed in even wackier costumes!   Throughout 2015 the charity will fund various projects to enable the continued improvement of Weston Park Hospital; including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer. Recruitment Executive, Phil Candy (32) and his wife, Tasha (37) from Rotherham embraced the fun factor last year by stepping out in Bananaman and Superwoman fancy dress to take on the 3k fun run after losing close friends and family members to cancer. Phil said; -We took part in Run in the Park last year as we have lost a lot of family members and friends to this awful disease over the years. -Dressing up was an incentive for people to sponsor us and we said if we hit the £200 mark we would take on the 3k run in fancy dress. We found the day to be fun and engaging with lots of other people also in fancy dress which made it even more enjoyable! -Taking part in Run in the Park is a great way to raise money for the cancer charity as it enables people of all abilities to get involved and help support a fantastic cause. The cancer charity needs to raise over £1.8 million this year to enable the funding of committed and new projects that will keep Weston Park Hospital at the forefront of cancer treatment. Community Fundraiser, Lucy King said: -We're delighted to be holding our annual Run in the Park once again and invite supporters from across the region to join us for this fun-filled day. -The 3k run is open to participants of all ages and abilities and welcomes those who want to stride out amongst family and friends whilst raising vital funds for the cancer charity. To register for Run in the Park visit www.runinthepark.org.uk or ring the Cancer Charity office on 0114 2265370.

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