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Children with Cancer UK launches the Together As One Run this April

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CHILDREN with Cancer UK, the leading national children’s charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer, is calling for participants to join the Together As One Run this April. The run is in response to the postponement of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, which this year had almost 1400 runners sign up to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.

The Together As One virtual run encourages people to run or walk wherever they are in the UK, on the original Marathon date of Sunday, 26th April. Children with Cancer UK is asking people to use their one form of daily exercise to make a difference, with any funds raised going toward lifesaving childhood cancer research. The event starts at 9.30am, lasting one hour and it can be undertaken anywhere, in gardens, local parks or on treadmills. Entry to the virtual run costs £5.00 and any additional funds raised by participants will go towards research into the fight against childhood cancer. Once signed up, runners will get a digital fundraising pack to help with fundraising for the event.

Mark Brider CEO of Children with Cancer UK commented:

“This year almost 1400 people signed up to run the London Marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. As a result of COVID-19, the Marathon has been postponed to October, however, we are urging the country to come together as one this April and raise money for vital childhood cancer research so that every child gets to ring the End of Treatment Bell and be with their family.”

Endurance runner Susie Chan is taking part in the run. On the day, she is also hosting a warmup session on her Facebook page, prior to the start of the event.

Susie said:

“During these more challenging times, it can be difficult to stay motivated to stay fit. However, virtual runs such as Children with Cancer UK’s Together as One virtual run, are a great way to keep your focus. I will be joining the run on the 26th April and be part of this global attempt at raising funds for research into childhood cancer.”

Children with Cancer UK is also taking part in the 2.6 Challenge this month. Virgin Money London Marathon organisers are calling for fundraisers to take part in an activity-based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday, April 26. This could be something such as running 2.6 miles or taking part in 26 minutes of yoga. The activity can take place outside or inside at home. As the charity with the largest number of fundraisers at the Virgin Money London Marathon, Children with Cancer UK are urging volunteers to take part in the 2.6 challenge in order to raise money for childhood cancer research.

For more information, and to take part in the 2.6 challenge, visit – https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/get-involved/events/two-point-six-challenge/.

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