Bespak GEAR Continues to Attract Charity Fund Raisers

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Every year, hundreds of runners take part in the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run in order to raise money for charities. Tapping House, Mind and The Purfleet Trust are just some of those that have seen the opportunies and have promoted the race as a way to raise sponsorship.

A charity new to the race this year, is hoping to raise funds as well as awareness of their organisation. FAN (Families Against Neuroblastoma), have recently opened a shop in Hunstanton to support their work, and this year, six families affected by this devastating disease haveentered either the Bespak GEAR orMini GEAR fun run on 5 May 2013. Children and parents will be dressed as superheroes, so people will be able to spot them on the course.

Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of children’s cancer. Around 100 children a year are diagnosed, and more than half of those are diagnosed before they are two years old. There are three categories of the disease, low risk is often treatable with good outcomes expected, but the high risk category is much more difficult to treat and there is an 80% chance of relapse. The cancer is fairly symptomless and therefore most children are diagnosed at a late stage when the chance of survival is greatly reduced.

Many treatments are not available in this country, so the work of FAN is to raise money to help make the child’s life more comfortable or to find ways to enable their families to access further medical treatment.

Charlotte Rham, Fundraising and events manager of FAN, said: “This is a devastating disease, which has a huge impact on the whole family. We offer support and advice for affected families, but the most important thing we can do is help them to raise money for whatever it is their child needs. We felt that the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run and Mini fun run was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of our charity and to raise some much-needed funds for these children.”

Henry Allen,will be taking part in the fun run with his mum and dad, who areraising funds for FAN and Henry. He is superhero mad and is the inspiration for the superhero-themed costumesthat the FAN team will be running in.

Roger Partridge, Borough Council Race Director, said: “Entering the Bespak GEAR or mini-GEAR is a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. If you don’t have a favourite charity our website features charities that runners have supported in the past, which you may wish to support, you can even download a sponsorship form. There is still time to enter the Bespak GEAR.


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