Marathon man bids to reach £25k goal

Marathon: John McCormack, son Charlie, Ella Frith, Rob Frith and Sheffield Boxing Centre members.
Marathon: John McCormack, son Charlie, Ella Frith, Rob Frith and Sheffield Boxing Centre members.
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A FUNDRAISING champion who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for worthy causes over the last few years is at it again.

John McCormack, a management consultant, of Hunters Bar, has participated in numerous marathons as far afield as New York and, for the last four years, has organised an annual charity boxing show which has raised £23,330.

The money has been split between Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Ella’s Fund, a charity that was set up by the family of seven-year-old Ella Frith.

The youngster, from Charnock was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in February 2007.

She has undergone operations on her brain, an intensive course of radiotherapy, and several courses of chemotherapy.

Ella’s Fund aims to help charities supporting families going through similar experiences.

John’s latest challenge is the Berlin Marathon, on Sunday, September 25.

“I will be running and raising money for children like Ella Frith and a little boy called Ben O’Brien,” he said.

“Ella was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and underwent three operations in days.

“Since then she has endured intensive courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to halt the cancer.

“Ben, a fanatical football fan, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer after his mum noticed he wasn’t playing football due to pain in his leg.

“He underwent surgery to remove a tumour in his leg bone.

“Surgeons also took away his shin and knee bone, which were replaced with prosthetic titanium rods.”

John keeps himself in shape at Sheffield Boxing Centre, Hillsborough and participates in amateur fights.

He said: “It would be brilliant if we could raise enough to reach the £25,000 mark.”

Log on to www.justgiving.com/john-mccormack-0 to sponsor him.