A cancer charity’s local fundraiser is calling for public support as he prepares to tackle the Leeds Half Marathon.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s Leeds fundraising manager Matt Jameson, 34, is running the challenging course after being inspired by the people he has met through his job who have been affected by the disease.
He will be joining the Team Macmillan runners for the event on May 8, having spent three years working for the charity to support businesses, individuals and volunteer groups in the city who have raised money for Macmillan.
Matt’s own family have also been affected by cancer.
“This isn’t just about the charity I work for, but saying thank you to the people who supported me and my family,” he said.
“Working for Macmillan Cancer Support is a big challenge and comes with lots of responsibility.
“Every day I meet people who are supporting us that have been affected by cancer and have received the amazing support we provide.
“Everybody is affected by this illness and every day I’m inspired by the amazing people of Leeds and their generosity.”
The charity is hoping its sponsored entrants will raise £70,000 towards care and support of cancer sufferers, and 300 runners have so far signed up to race for Macmillan.
Places are still available for athletes and the organisation is also recruiting volunteers to join their marshalling and support team to help and cheer on Macmillan runners.
“We as an organisation couldn’t do what we do without the support from people in this city.
“We want to make sure nobody faces cancer alone and with your help we can do that. If you are thinking of taking part in a challenge this year, why not make it the Leeds Half Marathon?
We appreciate not everyone is a runner, but we also need volunteers, and would love you to join our cheering squad on the day,” added Matt.
The Leeds Half Marathon marks its 31st anniversary this year and 9,000 competitors are expected to take part.
The route starts on The Headrow next to Victoria Gardens, and heads out of the city centre along the ring road, returning through Kirkstall and finishing in Cookridge Street next to Millennium Square.
It is sponsored by Plusnet as part of a tri-series alongside the Sheffield Half-Marathon and the Yorkshire Marathon. Macmillan is one of the most popular charities chosen by runners to support.
To volunteer on the day and be a part of the team visit http://volunteering.macmillan.org.uk/Opportunity/Details/4266