RUNNERS can help cancer projects in South Yorkshire to reach the starting line by taking part in a challenge.
The region’s branch of Macmillan Cancer Support has launched an appeal for 100 volunteers to take on Sheffield Half Marathon to fund new services.
Charity bosses are now recruiting an army of men and women who will aim to raise a total of £20,000 in sponsorship ahead of the event.
Cash will go towards making Macmillan’s plans to improve the care and support if offers in South Yorkshire a reality.
It will cost around £800,000 to develop a range of new posts in the area over the next two years, along with a Sheffield-based end-of-life care team and a one-to-one support nurse for newly-discharged breast and colorectal patients.
Sheffield solicitor Helen Delaney-Gill, aged 28, was the first to fill one of the 100 vacant posts by promising to run the 13-mile race on May 12. Helen, who works at Nabarro LLP in Victoria Quays, said: “The support Macmillan provides is essential and many people would struggle without it.
“However without people running for Macmillan they really couldn’t do the work they do.
“I’m a little nervous about the size of the challenge but I know I will get a fantastic feeling of achievement when I finish the run and have the added bonus of knowing the money I raise will help.”
Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan in South Yorkshire, said: “Macmillan relies almost entirely on donations to fund our vital cancer services so we are hoping local people will support us.
“If you decide to run for Macmillan it will give you even more motivation because you’ll know every step you take is raising money for people affected by cancer.”
n To join Team Macmillan, first register online at www.sheffieldmarathon.com then call 0300 1000 200 once you have your place confirmed.