Charity’s Sheffield science marathon

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A CHARITY launched by a Sheffield University lecturer who died from cancer earlier this month is holding a marathon science event this week.

Dr Tim Richardson, from the university’s physics and astronomy department, died on Tuesday, February 5, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer last year.

The charity he created, Inspiration For Life, aims to raise funds for cancer research, hospice care and education.

The good cause’s first major event is a 24-hour science-a-thon, featuring lectures on a range of subjects including asteroids, magic, extraterrestrial life, music, and human rights.

Talks will run from 5pm on Thursday until 5pm on Friday.

World-renowned experts will be speaking, including Professor Dan Tovey, who helped find the Higgs Boson particle.

Tickets to the event are available on the door, with a minimum donation of £1 per lecture or £5 for the full programme.

Catherine Annabel, chair man of the board of trustees at Inspiration For Life, said: “Tim raised more than £8,000 for Children In Need with 24 hours of back-to-back lectures at the university in 2011, which we used as an inspiration for this week’s event.”

Dr Richardson’s diary is also set to be published soon as an eBook.

Visit for more information about the charity and its activities.