Politicians’ drive to raise charity funds

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THREE Sheffield councillors are taking a break from their Town Hall duties to take on tough challenges for medical charities.

Colin Taylor, who represents East Ecclesfield, is heading to the north east for the Great North Run on September 18, while father and daughter team Bob and Louise McCann are taking it in turns behind the wheel of an old banger for a pan-European rally.

The Lib Dem, aged 55, is running in aid of Diabetes UK, after being diagnosed with the condition in 1998.

Colin said: “I took up running over ten years ago after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as a way of keeping fit.

“I’ve taken part in other sponsored runs, but this year I wanted to take on a challenge closer to home. I wanted to highlight the issues around diabetes, my mother and brother both suffer from diabetes.

“I wanted to show that even with diabetes it’s possible to live a normal life.”

Bob McCann, aged 63, who represents Graves Park, and Beauchief and Greenhill councillor Louise, 28, are participating in the Screwball Rally, organised by Barnsley-based J&M Events.

It sees dozens of teams drive old bangers on a circular route from Calais through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, before returning to the Channel port.

The pair hope their 1990s Rover will last the course during the rally between September 15 and 19. Last year, they raised about £1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Bob said: “We are supporting the Leukaemia Care Society. The LCS helped us when my wife Lorraine had leukaemia in 1990 and she has been in remission for 21 years so we decided to raise funds for them.”

Bob and Louise are taking their car to the Norton show on Saturday and Lowedges festival on Sunday in a bid to raise more funds.

To sponsor Colin, log onto www.justgiving.com/Colin-Taylor2/, or www.justgiving.com/councillorlouise for Bob and Louise.